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City of Tulare

Beacon Participant Profile

“The City of Tulare, located in central San Joaquin Valley, is committed to ensuring sustained economic and environmental vitality for future generations of residents. As part of this effort, Tulare has implemented extensive building retrofit and residential solar programs, developed a 900 kw fuel cell system, installed 1 MW of solar power at the City’s wastewater treatment plant, and will soon complete a citywide Climate Action Plan.” – California Sustainability Alliance

About Tulare

  • Incorporated: 1888
  • Population: 59,278 (as of 2010)
  • Location: Central San Joaquin Valley along Highway 99, 45 miles south of Fresno and 60 miles north of Bakersfield.
  • Elevation: 288 feet above sea level
  • Area: 19.35 square miles

Climate Action Activities

Climate Action Resources


Agency Energy Savings

  • Gold Level, 16% (2013)

Agency Natural Gas Savings

Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Sustainability Best Practices

  • Silver Level (2013)
Case Story

Tulare Fuels its Waste Water Treatment Plant with BioGas

The City of Tulare has been able to reduce its electricity bills by more than $1 million a year, after installing fuel cells, at its wastewater treatment plant that help treat the water in a more cost-effective, environmentally-friendly way. The city currently has four fuel cells11 that run on biogas produced at the wastewater treatment plant. The system generates 1.2 megawatts of electricity, or 45 percent of the plant’s needs.

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