What will mark as a historic day in the history of California remaining as a leader in green energy, on September 10, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 100, layered with an unexpected executive order on clean energy. This legislation is historic as it completes the legislative transition to a fossil fuel-free electricity for California.
The executive order and SB 100 call for 60% renewable energy by 2030 and 100% of the state’s electricity to come from carbon-free sources by 2045, and then go negative beyond. This means that starting in 2046, California will pull more carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, year-by-year, than it puts in. This makes California the largest jurisdiction to legally commit to clean energy.
Although many climate experts are concerned about the state’s ability to meet such ambitious goals. Brown stated, “It’s not going to be easy, and it won’t be immediate, but it must be done…California is committed to doing whatever is necessary to meet the existential threat of climate change.”
California Commitment to Clean Energy
As of last year, California got 29% of its power from renewables. This means that by 2030, that number must double. Experts are concerned that for the 100% goal to be met, there must be a way consumers can afford it and overall infrastructure can effectively, efficiently, and cheaply, store the large amounts of electricity the grid currently stores.
There is little doubt that California’s have rapidly embraced renewable energy. With over 6 million homes powered by solar power, California homeowners are slowly becoming dependent on renewable energy. The bill received much support from environmental activists, renewable energy companies and public health groups. The state’s major utility companies are opposed. PG&E explained the law will surely increase customer bills and make the grid less reliable. One PG&E spokesman, Lynsey Paulo said, “It’s not affordable, it’s not sustainable.”
Now is the Time to Go Solar
As a solar installation and distribution company, we deeply believe that now has never been a better time to go solar. The utilities are in a period of extreme instability, which creates instability for utility companies. Instability has also historically led to rate increases for utility customers. On the other hand, with the availability of the 30% federal tax incentive and the historically low cost of solar panels for sale, now is the ideal time to learn about a solar energy solution for your home or business.
Our Energy Adviser’s are available on weekdays and on weekends. Reach out and schedule your appointment today to learn how solar panels can provide green energy, financial stability a great return on investment.
Joshua Resneck, at Del Sol Energy in Brentwood, CA. He was born and raised in Berkeley and has experience in sales, training and strategy. He stated he picked the solar industry because, “I have always had more interests than I had time to pursue, and solar blends a lot of them together. Finance, construction, technology, people skills, rate schedules, compliance, etc.