The nonprofit's new promotion, "Mountain View Can," takes its inspiration from the widely successful 2014 ice bucket challenge that became a fundraising tour de force for Lou Gehrig's disease research.
In their version, CSA is daring local residents to bring in cans of food to their local food pantry, and to post a photo or video on social media. Any posts should be tagged with #CanChallenge, #MountainViewCan or #CSAcares. Participants are encouraged to tag friends or neighbors.
Especially during the summer months, many families and children are frequently living in hunger, according to CSA officials. In particular, CSA officials are asking donors to provide protein-rich foods, low-sodium veggies, fruit in its own juices and any foods in easy-to-open, pop-top cans.
The canned food drive runs through Aug. 17. CSA's food pantry is located at 204 Stierlin Road in Mountain View and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information can be found at www.csacares.org.
Community-choice energy invests in wind power
One year after launching, Santa Clara County's clean-energy alternative is now making a hefty investment in wind power.
Last week, officials with Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) announced they had signed a long-term commitment to help finance the construction of a new wind farm in New Mexico. The future wind turbines are expected to provide South Bay residents with enough power for 77,000 homes, or about 10 percent of the area's total energy consumption.
The action represents the first long-term investment in energy supply by SVCE, said Pamela Leonard, SVCE spokeswoman. She gave assurances that costs for consumers would not increase as a result of the project.
"The key takeaway here is that we're honoring our commitment that we can provide clean power at a lower cost," she said.
The planned New Mexico wind farm is being constructed by Pattern Development, a San Francisco-based company that has developed similar projects in the past. SVCE and Monterey Bay Community Power, another community-owned utility, both signed a 15-year purchase agreement that will help provide capital to build the new turbines. The project will also require a new transmission line that will run across Arizona.
The new wind farm is expected to be finished in late 2020.
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