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Great story from the San Antonio Express News. Photos from Sherry Dowlatshahi, Chief of Protocol for the City of San Antonio.
Mayor Julián Castro touted San Antonio’s successes in green energy Tuesday as his two-day trade mission to the United Kingdom wraps up.
The UK has been facing significant energy issues related to climate change, and the need to increase its use of renewable resources. Castro led a business delegation here this week to highlight business opportunities in San Antonio, and help build relationships that could bolster the city’s efforts at economic development.
In a series of high-level meetings with ranking British government officials and financial leaders who were eager to talk about the American political landscape and San Antonio’s successes in the new-energy economy, Castro continued to promote his hometown.
The mayor explained the goal of diversifying CPS Energy’s portfolio to include 20 percent renewable energy sources, which consists of wind-generated and solar power. He highlighted CPS’ recent deal with OCI Solar and Nexolon. The city-owned utility signed a power-purchase agreement for 400 megawatts of solar power, which will be developed over the next five years.
The agreement includes a commitment from the companies to invest more than $100 million in capital and create 805 well-paying, permanent jobs in San Antonio.
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, whose American counterpart is Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, met with Castro and his group at No. 11 Downing Street, the chancellor’s official residence. Osborne said his country has been impressed by the Castro administration.
“We’ve noticed thousands of miles away,” he said.
While in London Mayor Castro gave a speech at the London School of Economics, you can download the podcast of his speech here. Glad to hear that some San Antonio students turned out to see the Mayor!
Met my hometown mayor today at LSE. He’s quite the inspiration for Hispanics!… And he’s really nice 🙂 Thanks, Mayor Castro #LSEUS
— Jaci Toranzo (@InsanelyJaci) November 19, 2012
“Listen as much as you talk, especially in public service” Mayor Castro’s advice to students in LSE that’d like to be in politics #LSEUS
— Azril Ikram (@AzrilIkram) November 19, 2012