San Diego generates more power from grid-connected solar panels on residential, commercial and government buildings than any other city in California, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the Environment California Research & Policy Center.
"It's no longer just liberal coastal homeowners going solar," said Bernadette Del Chiaro, director of the research and policy center's clean energy programs. "It's really conservative areas, really liberal areas and everywhere in between."
La Mesa is the Jewel of the Sun as well, it seems. A new report says our city ranks first in San Diego County—and 29th in the state—for solar power production per resident for cities of at least 50,000 population.
In the San Fernando Valley, homeowners like Dickinson and his wife, Sara, a jewelry designer, have become the unwitting faces of the solar energy movement - residents who didn't set out to be green activists but for whom going green makes sense now more than ever.