San Francisco, CA—Glistening snowflakes will twinkle above Leland Avenue in Visitacion Valley for the first time this season as part of the City’s annual festive lights installations managed by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). The newly installed snowflakes help celebrate the holiday season and are powered by 100 percent greenhouse-gas free electricity provided by the SFPUC.
“We love that our holiday installations can spread cheer while also keeping our City safe by providing critical lighting for vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan Kelley, Jr.
The new holiday lights will brighten the Leland Avenue commercial corridor between Bayshore Boulevard and Rutland Street and are the result of a joint beautification partnership involving the SFPUC, merchant groups, and neighborhood associations. In addition, the SFPUC installed lights on Market Street, between Spear Street and Eighth Street; and on Third Street, spanning Evans and Jamestown Avenues.
“I’m thrilled Leland Avenue has been included in the SFPUC’s annual holiday lights tradition,” said District 10 Supervisor Shamann Walton. “Now more San Francisco residents and visitors will be able to enjoy the wonderful establishments in Visitacion Valley under the glow of these spirited lights. This is just one of several ways we will continue to activate the Leland Avenue Corridor and continue to highlight the beauty of Visitacion Valley and its merchants.”
The installations are not only festive but environmentally friendly as well. The Hetch Hetchy Regional Power System, which provides 100 percent greenhouse gas-free energy to public facilities, such as City Hall, San Francisco International Airport, Muni buses, schools and libraries, powers San Francisco’s streetlights, including the holiday lights.
Overall, the SFPUC Power Enterprise maintains more than 25,500 street lights in the City and County of San Francisco. Each year, street light operations typically fix thousands of outages, repair scores of pole knockdowns, and perform various other street light maintenance in order to keep City streets well-lit, inviting, and safe for San Francisco residents and businesses.
Along with the Hetch Hetchy Regional Power System, the SFPUC also operates CleanPowerSF, San Francisco’s renewable energy program. More than 376,000 residents and businesses are enrolled in CleanPowerSF. Combined, the SFPUC’s two power programs meet 80 percent of the electricity demand in San Francisco.
About the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is a department of the City and County of San Francisco. It delivers drinking water to 2.7 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area, collects and treats wastewater for the City and County of San Francisco, and generates clean power for municipal buildings, residents, and businesses. The SFPUC’s mission is to provide customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care. Learn more at www.sfwater.org.