Over the past several years, renewable energy has taken a big jump in California, and the future is only looking brighter.
For the first half of 1012, renewable energy made up 20.6% of the California’s electricity mix. Thatâ€™s a 17% increase from 2010. While the state didnâ€™t quite meet a â€œ20% renewables by 2010 goalâ€ made back in 2002, this huge leap indicates the state may be on the right track to make a goal of 33% renewable use by 2020.
While renewables are growing significantly, itâ€™s solar power that is expected to take the biggest leap in coming years.Â It is expected that by 2020, over one third of Californiaâ€™s total renewable energy will come from solar power.
With 12 solar photovoltaic plants under construction with 2,200MW capacities, and 62 more in development, there is potential for Californiaâ€™s solar use to be much bigger than predicted. Aside from helping to clean up the air, it will also create thousands of solar-based jobs and help reduce our dependence on oil.
With so many energy projects on the backburner or lacking funding in other regions, this is a great model for state governments. It demonstrates what steady goals can do for both the environment and the economy.