“Green Power!” is one of the scenarios you can play with the Cities: Skylines Green Cities DLC. Scenarios are maps (which may or may have a city partially built) that come with certain winning and losing conditions.
The winning conditions for the Green Power! Scenario are:
- Population over 50,000
- Electricity production of 500 MW
- 100% of electricity production from renewable sources
However, you lose the scenario if you:
- Run out of money (have less than 1₡)
- 100% of electricity production from polluting sources
- Average ground pollution over 15%
This guide will offer a step-by-step task list you can follow to complete the scenario successfully.
Map and Starting Conditions
In this scenario, you start with an empty map—a mostly flat one with plenty of buildable space.
You are also given ₡50,000 starting money.
So with this starting point, let’s see what you should do.
Task #1: Use Clean Energy
To win the game, you must have your city running on 100% clean energy sources. On the other hand, you’ll lose the game if 100%
Below are the power facilities that count as clean energy in the game:
|Building||Milestone Unlocked||Build Cost||Power Output (MW)||DLC Required|
|Advanced Wind Turbine||Boom Town||12,000||0-20||none|
|Wave Power Plant||Boom Town||14,000||0-20||High Tech Buildings|
|Geothermal Power Plant||Busy Town||65,000||80||Green Cities|
|Solar Updraft Tower||Big Town||90,000||240||Green Cities|
|Hydro Power Plant*||Small City||Varies||Varies||none|
|Solar Power Plant||Grand City||80,000||160||none|
|Nuclear Power Plant||Colossal City||200,000||640||none|
|Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Plant||Colossal City||250,000||480||Green Cities|
|Fusion Power Plant (Monument)||Megalopolis||1,000,000||16,000||none|
*The cost and power output of the Hydro Power Plant varies depending on how it’s constructed (e.g., the size of the dam and the height of the water).
As you grow your city, you can use “dirty” fuel-consuming power plants like oil and coal, provided you have green energy sources too. You’ll just have to eventually switch to 100% renewable sources eventually to meet the win condition.
It is crucial, though, that you use a wind turbine as your first power plant (if you go with coal as your first, you’ll lose at the very start).
Also, be aware that oil and coal power plants cause ground pollution, so they might put you at risk of losing in that way.
As you grow your city and build more energy production facilities, you’ll be able to reach the other electricity production win condition of 500MW.
Task #2: Keep Average Ground Pollution Under 15%
The other thing you need to be mindful of is ground pollution. You can keep an eye on your ground pollution percentage by clicking on the Goals tab of the Milestones panel.
Tip #1: Use Farm & Forestry Specializations or Industry Area
Generic industry will be the main source of ground pollution in most cities.
Eventually, you’ll want to phase most of them out with offices.
Until you can unlock offices, however, your best choice is to go with farm or forest industry specialization, as neither of these pollute the ground.
Find fertile land (for farming) or forestry area on your map by clicking the Natural Resources button on the Info Views panel.
Draw a district over the natural resource, then apply the appropriate specialization, which you’ll find under the Industrial Specializations tab.
Alternatively, if you have the Industries DLC, you can also go with the farm and forest ploppable industry areas.
Be aware, however, that the processing buildings (e.g. the flour mill, cattle shed, and paper production facilities) produce some amount of pollution.
Tip #2: Use Recycling Centers Instead of Landfills and Incinerators
Another major source of ground pollution is your garbage facilities, particularly landfills and incinerators.
While a more costly option, recycling centers are also much less polluting. So at least use some of them instead of relying only on landfills and incinerators.
Tip #3: Use the Filter Industrial Waste Policy
Under the City Planning tab of the Policies panel, you’ll find the Filter Industrial Waste policy.
This comes at a cost of ₡2 per industrial building per week, but will significantly reduce the amount of ground pollution your industrial buildings produce.
Task #3: Grow Your City and Electricity Production
Once you’ve got the hang of keeping your pollution low, winning the scenario is just a matter of growing your city as usual until you hit 50,000.
The map has plenty of buildable land, so space won’t be a problem here.
As your city expands, you’ll of course be needing more electricity, which will help you along your progress towards the win condition of 500MW electricity production.
Just don’t forget that you’ll ultimately have to remove any “dirty” power sources in order to meet the 100% clean energy requirement!