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The Los Altos
Festival of Lights Parade
Float Sustainability


Beginning in 2023, the Festival of Lights Parade’s dedicated team of volunteer float engineers and interns converted 21 of the parade’s 24 floats from gas generators to SVCE renewably-charged LiFePO4 zero-emissions battery power. In doing so, we have not only reduced noise (spectators can hear the music much better now!) but also the emissions that are driving climate change.


The conversion to all-electric battery power eliminates 50 Kg of scope 1 & 2 CO2 emissions, not to mention nitrous oxides, carbon monoxide and hydrofluorocarbons pollution. The batteries are charged with Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) renewable power. 


In fact, even the television broadcasting equipment brought to the parade by KMVT is powered by a Ford F150 from SVCE this year, so we have zero scope 1 & 2 CO2 emissions from the parade’s online broadcast!


Battery Conversion Project Donors


The battery conversion process was made possible by the generous donations of the following local organizations and community members:


The Anne Wojcicki Foundation

GreenTown Los Altos

Silicon Valley Clean Energy

Kathy Bridgman, Compass

Connie Miller

Chuck Piercey

Mike Sasnet

Marc Sidel


To all of these donors, the Festival of Lights Parade Association expresses its gratitude for the important work that their contributions enabled. We couldn’t do it without you!

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