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Silicon Valley Power is the trademark adopted for use by the not-for-profit electric municipal utility of Santa Clara, CA serving residents and businesses since 1896. SVP provides power to more than 50,000 customers, including Applied Materials, Intel, Owens Corning and Yahoo!, at rates 15 to 45 percent below neighboring communities. (History.)
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Kara Johnson with prototype circuit
Kara Johnson, 2009 Silicon Valley Power Scholarship recipient and Santa Clara High School graduate, works on a prototype circuit for a sensor used in her alternative biofuel research. Johnson is a Ph.D. candidate at U.C. San Diego after earning degrees in genetics and biological systems at U.C. Davis.
|Kara Johnson with carbon probe
Kara Johnson shows her work on a carbon probe she used in her biofuels sensor research at U.C. San Diego. A 2009 recipient of a Silicon Valley Power scholarship, the Santa Clara High School graduate earned undergraduate degrees in genetics and biological systems at U.C. Davis. Applications from college and trade school students for the 2014-2015 school year are now being accepted.
Mark Wagner focuses solar mirror
Mark Wagner focuses a mirror on his solar-powered refrigeration system on a rooftop at Santa Clara University. Wagner, studying for a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, was the recipient of a $5,000 tuition scholarship from Silicon Valley Power in 2011. Applications are now being accepted from college and trade school students for the 2014-15 school year.
|Mark Wagner at cook stove
Santa Clara University master’s degree candidate Mark Wagner (left) works at a fuel-efficient wood-burning stove that also generates electricity for users in Nicaragua. In addition to his stove research last year, Wagner is currently researching the use of solar energy to power refrigerators in developing countries.
Wi-Fi repeaters are mounted on streetlights to provide free outdoor Internet access within the 19 square miles of the City of Santa Clara, CA. The Wi-Fi system was launched last March, made possible by the Silicon Valley Power (SVP) advanced metering initiative, SVP MeterConnect®. The wireless network used for Wi-Fi will also carry highly encrypted utility usage data to the city when advanced utility meters are installed next year.
Usage of the free outdoor Wi-Fi in Santa Clara regularly exceeds 6,000 users per day, exceeding projections when the system was launched last March.