San Diego Targets 100% Renewable Energy by 2035

San Diego has outlined a plan to run on 100% renewable energy by 2035

The southern California city is moving forward with an ambitious plan to run on 100% renewable energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2035 and it’s doing so in a bipartisan manner.

  • The California city of San Diego announced it plans to run on 100% renewable energy (solar and wind) by the year 2035.
  • San Diego, second for the third year in a row with 189 MW, has set a target of 100% renewable energy use citywide by 2035.
  • Of the 1,000 cities committed to 100% renewable energy, San Diego is a leader, with a target of 2035, and its mayor is a Republican.
  • San Diego is the largest American municipality to make a legally binding pledge to use 100% renewable energy.

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Apple & First Solar to Build $850M Solar Project

California Flats Solar Project plans for 2016 completion

First Solar and Apple are planning a 2,900-acre solar panel power plant that could break ground in central California as soon as this year. Apple is dedicating $850 million in clean energy technology through the project called California Flats Solar Project. First Solar will build the PV power plant which will provide up to 150 megawatt… Continue reading Apple & First Solar to Build $850M Solar Project

California Approaches 10 Gigawatts of Installed Solar Power

To put this number in context, California’s 10 GigaWatts of installed solar power provides electricity to 2.5 million homes — while the entire United States of America has 20 GW of installed solar power.

In addition to lowering airborne emissions, California’s renewable energy policies have added 15,000 renewable energy jobs to the state economy. — Editor’s note.

“From an environmental perspective, solar power in California is helping to offset more than 11.7 million metric tons of carbon emissions, which is the equivalent of removing 2.5 million cars off California roads and highways.” — Rhone Resch, President and CEO of SEIA

California, America’s solar leader, stands poised to become the first state in the nation to have 10 gigawatts (GW) of installed solar capacity – enough to power nearly 2.5 million homes, according to the recently-released U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review. FYI: In 2014, America reached a solar milestone with 20 GW of solar… Continue reading California Approaches 10 Gigawatts of Installed Solar Power

San Diego – New Homes Pre-wired for Solar Panels

New homes in San Diego County must now be pre-wired to accept rooftop solar panels and electric vehicle charger

Pre-wiring new homes to support solar panels and an electric vehicle charger — costs less than adding residential solar panels and residential electric vehicle charger wiring after the home is built.

Palo Alto, California was the first jurisdiction in the state to require solar panels and electric vehicle charger pre-wiring for new homes.

Other communities in the United States will soon follow and there is every opportunity that other jurisdictions around the world will follow California’s example.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY – The San Diego Board of Supervisors has voted to require all contractors building single family homes in the unincorporated areas around the city of San Diego to make them ready for solar panels and electric vehicles. That means the wiring to support a solar panel system and electric vehicle charger must be installed during… Continue reading San Diego – New Homes Pre-wired for Solar Panels