In the United States, California produces more renewable energy than any other state in the country. Back in 2018, the state assembly voted to generate 60% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030 and by 2045, produce all the electricity needed by the state without fossil fuels. By the same year, the state of California also ranked 1st in the country as the leading producer of electricity from geothermal, solar, and biomass resources and 4th in the country when it comes to conventional hydroelectric power generation. In 2017, 52.7% or more than of the electricity California has produced was from renewable sources.
In April 2021, California has just 95% renewable energy as confirmed by the California Independent System Operator. And while this record can be somewhat fleeting, specific to California’s main power grid, only covering about 4/5 of the state and does not include Los Angeles, Sacramento and several other regions, this still makes a huge but positive impact in the state’s carbon emissions.
California has a lot of clean power, but the most important thing now is ensuring that the puzzle pieces of the grid fit together to avoid insufficient supplies after sundown that may led to rolling blackouts. With solar and wind farms doing much of the work and biomass, geothermal, and hydropower facilities making its own contributions even in a small way, having a consistent source of clean power 24/7 will make sure that the state’s choice to vote for clean power production is indeed sustainable for long term.
In 2020, California ranked as the highest solar power generating state in the country, producing sufficient solar capacity that helped power more than 8.4 million residences in the state. SEIA or the Solar Energy Industries Association estimated that the state will increase its solar capacity by more than 19,000 MW over the next 5 years, which makes it second behind Texas at 20,000 MW.
The introduction of new players in the solar power industry also helped make California’s bid to produce renewable energy more sustainable. Key players like Del Sol Energy, founded by Josh Aldrich, CEO and Matt Turville, COO, bring together more than 30 combined years of success working in the solar industry. Focusing on customer experience, Del Sol Energy makes residential solar power generation possible for everyone. By educating the community with the help of the company’s highly educated Energy Advisers and Solar Designer, people can learn a bit more about solar energy and its significant impact to the community as a whole.