New Display Showcases San Jose’s Green Innovations

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Solar technology on display in San Jose. (CBS)

Solar technology on display in San Jose. (CBS)

SAN JOSE (KCBS) _ The city of San Jose and the U.S. Department of Energy have introduced a new project that will educate and allow community participation in the city’s green energy and green tech job goals.

The block-long San Jose Green Vision Clean Energy Showcase was unveiled on Wednesday across the street from San Jose City Hall. It’s designed as a knowledge hub for clean energy education and awareness.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

Vipin Gupta, who represents the U.S. Department of Energy, said it will give visitors a hands-on experience.

“What you have here is electric vehicles, different types of solar power systems, wind generation systems,” he said. “People can ask questions and read what’s on the kiosks and actually see what’s happening, what energy is being produced under different conditions and then ultimately, they can make an informed decision.”

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said the showcase advances the city’s goal of being the greenest city in the United States.

“One of those goals is to create 25,000 clean tech jobs. These solar companies and other alternate energy companies are creating jobs and making investments in our community,” said Reed.

The showcase will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday on East Santa Clara between 4th Street & 5th Street directly across the street from San José City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara Street. Reservations will also be taken for free guided tours that will begin early next year.

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