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The Update on California’s Goal of 100 Percent Clean Energy

At Rick’s Energy Solutions, we’re proud to live in a state that’s on the cutting edge of clean energy in America. It seems like each week, California hits the headlines with another major advancement in the green economy, whether it’s for automobiles, buildings, or residents.

And we’re always excited to see what’s next.

Green Energy Building in California

100 percent clean energy in California

That’s why we welcomed the news back in September that California had set a goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. According to the mandate from then-Governor Jerry Brown, the state would have to be 50 percent of the way by 2025, and 60 percent by 2030.

With these goals in place, it would mean that the 5th largest economy in the world was committing to a clean energy future.

This, to us, was ambitious, but greatly needed.

So now that we’re about three months into the initiative, we thought it’s worth checking in on California to see where we’re at.

California has already blown past its 2020 goals

This 2020 goal set 33 percent as its target. The state is currently receiving about 40 percent of its energy from clean renewable sources; a huge spike from about 0 percent just eight years ago. That has largely been the result of statewide initiatives, national trends, and private investment. But we’re glad to see it happen.

The next note is not necessarily bad, but bumpy: critics say that getting to those next ambitious goals will be difficult due to cost, and that hooking up the entire state to solar or wind will carry a pretty steep price tag over the years.

In order to get there, it has been said that the state will need a massive expansion in energy storage, allowing for energy to come from both in and out of state. We’re interested to see how this one plays out.

Regardless, California is still at the forefront of the world’s green movement and we’re hopeful that the mandate continues to spark creativity! We’ll be sure to provide you with updates as they become available.

If you’d like to enter the green initiative, call on the experts at Rick’s Energy Solutions. We offer energy consulting and green building design services to those looking for a home energy upgrade. Give us a call at 707-578-5380 today to learn more!

Green Buildings are Improving the Health and Productivity of Employees

Green buildings are effective at reducing energy, and, therefore, cutting costs. They lie at the cutting edge of architecture, representing sustainability for years to come. Plus, they’re great for property value. There is however, something more important than the building itself—the people! Studies have shown that any buildings taking a green initiative are guaranteed to… Continue Reading

Growing Trends in Modern Sustainable Construction

Sustainable construction practices are on the rise amid both the residential and commercial sectors and are rapidly surpassing conventional construction methods. Ecologically conscious consumers primarily fuel the demand, with statistics citing construction-related industries are major US polluters that are culpable for: 23 percent of air pollution, 40 percent of water pollution and 50 percent of… Continue Reading

Chico State University to Break Ground on Sustainable Science Building

After more than 10 years of planning, Chico State University will begin construction of the $101 million green facility this summer. This new physical sciences building will be 110,200 square-feet, housing chemistry, physics, science education labs, outdoor classrooms, and more. The green building initiative was important to the campus and their commitment to climate change.… Continue Reading

Denver Will Soon Require New Buildings to Have “Green” Roofs

Along with New York City, London, Paris and San Francisco, Denver is the latest city to require contractors to install “green” roofs on new buildings. Green roofs usually feature either solar panels or rooftop gardens, and these cities have made it mandatory for companies constructing large new buildings to find a green solution for their… Continue Reading