Our Clean Energy Heroes

We commend our local heroes going above and beyond and trailblazing clean energy and sustainability efforts. Each month we choose a business, organization or resident and share their Clean energy Hero journey.
 
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Monterey Bay Aquarium Sets the Green Standard in Education & Energy

An aquarium wouldn’t exist without water and the same holds true with electricity. The Monterey Bay Aquarium not only illuminates its exhibits with energy efficient LED bulbs, its facility runs entirely on renewable energy. 
Advocating clean energy through MBPrime, MBCP’s 100% renewable service powered exclusively by wind and solar, makes the Monterey Bay Aquarium this month’s Clean Energy Hero.
Receiving 2 million guests annually, MBA uses this opportunity to educate guests on both individual and community-level action that visitors can bring back to their communities.
MBA educates its volunteers and local visitors about our MBprime service offering in addition to other sustainable initiativesThey take the time to speak with national and global visitors about reducing pollution and more recently, about bringing the concept of Community Choice Energy agency back to their own communities.
As a certified carbon-neutral organization and state leader in renewables, the MBA proves that the efforts of one business can generate a wave of community action. In fact, their Seafood Watch Program has inspired 90% of American seafood retailers to move away from supporting destructive fishing practices. This program promotes healthy ocean habitats while rewarding businesses who adhere to sustainable seafood practices.
Ditching single-use plastics wasn’t cool until the MBA explained that items we use for a few minutes has the potential to destroy vulnerable marine animal populations for centuries. 
Last year, the MBA showcased a life size Big Blue Whale to represent the amount of trash that ends up in our ocean every 9 minutes.Whether it’s renewables, sustainable seafood, or going zero-waste, motivating people to take control of their personal choices and sparking community-level action is when change truly becomes impactful. 

 

 
To learn more about how you or your business can make a difference by going 100% renewable and choosing MBPrime, click here

Taking Charge of Your Energy Use - A Hero's Journey

When MBCP launched its Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Incentive Program it was no surprise that Thomas was the first resident to turn in his application. With a work commute to San Jose State University and California State University Monterey Bay, this Salinas local was ready to replace his older Nissan Leaf with a higher range EV at significant savings.
Thomas qualified for a $4,500 incentive from MBCP and applied it towards his down payment and drove off the Santa Cruz Volkswagen lot with a leased e-Golf for just $9,000 total! Even with his lengthy commute, Thomas finds himself charging his new EV only twice a week with his Level 2 EV charger, electrified by solar panels that he received through GRID Alternatives’ SASH program.
Thomas quickly earned the nickname “Rebate King” when we learned that he also participated in the Save Our Water Turf Replacement Rebate, receiving $2,000 to transform his water and energy dependent yard into a drought-tolerant oasis.
Programs like Save Our Water, SASH and MBeVIP allow our friends, family, and community to be energy stewards…. and they inspire us all to become a Clean Energy Hero.

MBprime Supporter Wins Electric Bike

Jan Shriner of Marina is our June 2019 Clean Energy Hero and winner of the MBprime eBike giveaway contest! She has a goal of becoming carbon-neutral by the time she retires and she made us proud by riding the bus to pick up her prize so she could ride her new eBike home!

“I had been interested in supporting MBprime
after learning about it as a volunteer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, but I’m very ‘time challenged’ so when I saw the contest on my Facebook news feed I decided it was time to sign up, and with the added possibility of winning an eBike? Yes please!”Jan Shriner, Marina.
 
Jan volunteers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, a big proponent of MBprime, MBCP’s 100% Renewable Energy Service Offering. Jan also serves on the Marina Coast Water District Board and has brought to their attention the idea of reducing their carbon footprint. She what she has to say about it below: