Category Archives: Going Green

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

Calculating Your Carbon Footprint

Though you may be aware of the climate change occurring, you may not really understand how you’re helping it grow—and not in a good way. It starts with the impact we as humans are leaving on the earth; our carbon footprint. Carbon footprints explained This term refers to the amount of greenhouse gases that are… Continue Reading

How to Turn Your Remodel into an Energy Saving Green Home

As summer fades into fall, many homeowners may feel rushed to complete their remodel project(s) and as a result, overlook the long-term savings of going green. It’s easy to go green—here are some handy tips to help incorporate energy-saving solutions into your remodel! Consider alternative framing techniques Simply making a few small changes to your… Continue Reading

3 Tips to Help You Save Energy in the Summer

Summer may seem like the season of the outdoors, but it’s also a time of the year when we consume the most energy indoors. Think about it: fans and A/C units are constantly abuzz; later nights outside mean more outdoor lights on; and in general, we’re just doing more, which can equal higher energy bills… Continue Reading

Sustainable Building Trends that are Making 2018 Green

Last year carried many developments in the green building initiative. Solar energy was accepted as the energy of the future, passive building designs reduced energy consumption in the home, and we saw the rise of net-zero energy homes. 2017 performed well, and 2018 is predicted to continue to drive the green building initiative forward Resiliency… Continue Reading

California Home to Five of the Top Green Buildings in 2018 COTE Awards

This year’s recipients of the COTE Top Ten Awards were finally announced and five of the ten top sustainable projects are located in California. The American Institute of Architecture and Committee on the Environment evaluate the social, economic, and ecological value of each structure to determine the top buildings that excel in design and performance.… Continue Reading