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What is California's Commitment to solar energy?

Updated: Jul 21, 2023

California's Commitment to Solar Energy

California has a strong commitment to solar energy. The state has set a goal of generating 50% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030 and almost 100% by 2045. Solar energy is a key part of this goal, and the state has a number of programs in place to encourage the adoption of solar panels.

California has one of the highest rates of solar adoption in the country. In 2022, there were over 4 million solar panels installed in California, generating enough electricity to power over 1 million homes.

However, more needs to be done if California is to meet its clean energy goals. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) found that California needs to triple rooftop solar to meet its 2030 target. Some research states that at least 80% of our homes need to be powered by solar in order for us to make a difference in the environment.

There are a number of challenges that need to be addressed in order to achieve these goals. One challenge is the cost of solar panels. Solar panels have become more affordable in recent years, but they are still a significant investment for many homeowners. Another challenge is the availability of solar installers. There are a number of solar installers in California, but the demand for solar panels is outpacing the supply of installers.

Despite these challenges, California is well-positioned to meet its clean energy goals. The state has a strong commitment to solar energy, and it has a number of programs in place to encourage the adoption of solar panels. With continued investment in solar energy, California can lead the way in the fight against climate change.

Here are some of the benefits of solar energy:

  • It is a renewable resource: Solar energy is not a finite resource like fossil fuels. It is constantly being generated by the sun.

  • It is clean energy: Solar energy does not produce greenhouse gases, which contribute to climate change.

  • It is a reliable source of energy: Solar energy can be generated even when the wind is not blowing or the sun is not shining.

  • It is a cost-effective source of energy: The cost of solar panels has been declining in recent years, and solar energy is now a competitive source of energy for many homeowners and businesses.

If you are considering installing solar panels, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • The size of your system: The size of your solar system will depend on your energy needs. At your solar consultation, you should discuss any changes to your household - including adding anything to your home (remodel/expansion, adding a hot tub, buying an electric car) because the system should be built with your plans for the future in mind.

  • The cost of your system: The cost of your solar system will depend on the size of your system and how much offset you want. Solar offset is a measurement of the yearly difference between the amount of electricity generated by your solar panels, and the amount of electricity your home uses. For example, a solar system that produces 130% means it is producing 30% more electricity than the household currently uses.

  • The location of your home: The amount of sunlight your home receives will affect the amount of solar energy your system can generate.

  • The incentives available in your area: There may be incentives available in your area that can help you offset the cost of your solar system.

If you are interested in learning more about solar energy and showing your commitment to the planet, please contact us for a solar consultation.

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