Del Mar City Operations Go Green

Discover Del Mar’s sustainability practices and programs.

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There are several ways that the City of Del Mar is greening municipal operations:

New Civic Center Building

The photovoltaic (PV) and Energy Storage System (ESS) project of the new Civic Center buildings (City Hall and Town Hall) make these buildings more energy efficient by generating up to 90% of energy used and storing electricity on site.

The “Civic Center Energy Efficiency Enhancements” project application approved for California Energy Commission funding meets this goal by providing $388,893 for three project components:

  • installation of a 66 kW photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof of the new City Hall
  • installation of a 50 kW battery energy storage system (ESS) to provide a minimum of 5 hours backup or supplemental power; and
  • a collaboration with the Center for Sustainable Energy in San Diego to disseminate information on the energy savings and performance metrics provided by the PV/ESS system.

This project yields several benefits to the City and its residents. It reduces electricity consumption from the grid, provides backup power when grid power is lost, and allows battery discharge to power early evening events when time-of-use rates will be highest.

EV Parking – The City’s goal is to increase the number of preferential parking spaces for clean vehicles. In addition, the new City Hall will include EV charging stations for five EVs.

Greening the City Fleet – As described in the City’s CAP, the City commits to exploring the potential for replacing its municipal fleet with electric cars when feasible.

Recycled Water Infrastructure Expansion – Extension of recycled water piping has been completed on the north end of Camino Del Mar to 29th Street. 

Public Works Initiatives:

  • Installed “No Idling” signs at the street ends. PW also reminds crews to minimize idling times in vehicles.
  • Recycled aggregate base on paving projects.
  • Planted drought-resistant plant materials.
  • Superintendent/Inspector uses an electric vehicle during the work day.
  • Replaced all diesel equipment with high efficiency tier 4 approved engines.
  • Purchasing lighter, more fuel efficient four-seater trucks.
  • Encourage PW crews to carpool and utilize a 9/80 work shift to reduce the number of vehicles/employees commuting on a daily basis.
  • Allow contractors to have onsite staging and storage areas to reduce road times to the job site.
  • Developed a comprehensive routine for the beach team to collect trash and recycle simultaneously to reduce trips.