Environment California applauds Governor Jerry Brown for issuing an executive order today to establish a statewide greenhouse gas reduction (GHG) target of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. Clean Energy Advocate Michelle Kinman released the following statement in response.
Young adults in California and across the country are experiencing hotter temperatures and more intense storms than their predecessors did in the 1970’s, according to a new report by Environment California Research & Policy Center.
San Diego has more solar panels than most major cities, ranking 2nd among major U.S. cities two years in a row, according to a new report by Environment California Research & Policy Center. The solar stature of the city was owed largely to the clear solar commitment of the city’s leaders as well as streamlined and predictable permitting fees, said Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Councilmember Todd Gloria and advocates who gathered at an affordable housing complex in Council District 3 that is powered by solar energy.
“California cities are some of the country’s most valuable players when it comes to solar power,” said Michelle Kinman, clean energy advocate with Environment California. “As California leaders—Governor Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins—aim to have 50% of the state’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030, our cities are leading the way.”
Solar power in California has grown 72 percent per year from 2010 to 2013. Even if this pace slowed to 16 percent, solar could still generate 30 percent of California’s electricity in less than two decades— a goal once thought improbable by many.