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California Goes Solar

California Goes Solar

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Thursday, May 10, 2018/Categories: sustainability, art and design, environment, climate change

            

                              Solar-Electric Photovoltaic Installation (credit: California Energy Commission)                                       

California is well known for its coastal beaches, good surf, deserts, and constant sunshine. The State is now showing others just how 'sunny' it really can be. The State just made another big leap into the 21st Century.

In a unanimous decision, the California Energy Commission approved an upgrade to the State's building code of energy efficiency standards that requires roof-top solar panels be installed on new homes starting in 2020. According to the CEC's announcement, this 'first of its kind' US action will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an amount equivalent to taking 115,000 fossil fuel cars off the road.

The Agency's Energy Efficiency Commissionar Andrew McAllister said:

“Under these new standards, buildings will perform better than ever, at the same time they contribute to a reliable grid. The buildings that Californian's buy and live in will operate very efficiently while generating their own clean energy. They will cost less to operate; have healthy indoor air; and provide a platform for ‘smart’ technologies that will propel the state even further down the road to a low emissions future.”

Even without the new building rule, California was already a leader in solar energy production nationally. In 2017, solar power represented more than 15% of the State's electrical generating capacity. The State's economy was just recognized as now being the world's 5th largest, so something must be going right there.

In the late 19th Century, the Golden State was malaigned as being good for only growing 'fruits & nuts'. As with other leading edge knowledge-based and technological fields like engineering, entertainment, agriculture, science, and environmental policy, "what California does others are soon forced to follow".

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