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Per capita water consumption remained steady, while the recycled percentage of total water used increased.
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Water Resources
Gross Per Capita Consumption & Share of Consumption from Recycled Water
Silicon Valley

*FY 2012-2013 data includes preliminary data for San Mateo County and Southern Alameda County, and does not include Scotts Valley.

Data source:

Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency (BAWSCA)

Santa Clara Valley Water District

Scotts Valley Water District

Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Cumulative installed solar capacity in Silicon Valley reached 189 megawatts.
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Solar Installations
Cumulative Installed Solar Capacity
Silicon Valley

*2013 data is through October 31.

Data source:

Palo Alto Municipal Utilities

Silicon Valley Power

Pacific Gas & Electric

Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Optony, Inc.

Government solar projects represent the largest share of the region’s cumulative solar capacity installed through the California Solar Initiative.
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Solar Installations by Sector
Percentage of Solar Capacity Installed Through the California Solar Initiative
Silicon Valley

*2013 data is through November 20.

Note:

Year based on First Incentive Claim Request Review Date, and includes application status as Completed, PBI-in payment, Pending Payment, Reservation Reserved, Confirmed Reservation, and Incentive Claim Request Review.

Data source:
California Public Utilities Commission, California Solar Initiative Palo Alto Municipal Utilities, PV Partners Program; Silicon Valley Power
Analysis:
Collaborative Economics
Silicon Valley electricity productivity continues to rise, as consumption continues a downward trend.
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Electricity Productivity & Consumption per Capita
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties, Rest of California
Data source:
California Department of Finance Moody’s Economy.com
Analysis:
Collaborative Economics
Permitting times decreased since 2012 for all clean technologies included except Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.
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Time Required for Permitting of Cleantech Installations

In the charts above, the blue box represents the range for which the middle 50 percent of the responses fall. The vertical black line in the blue box represents the median (middle) value of the data set. The left-hand line represents the range for the lower 25 percent of the responses, and the right-hand line represents the range for the upper 25 percent.

Data source:
City Planning and Housing Departments of Silicon Valley
Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Silicon Valley daily per capita waste disposal fell six percent compared to a two percent drop statewide
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Waste Disposal per Capita
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties, and the Rest of California
Data source:
California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, Department of Finance
Analysis:
Collaborative Economics