california solar energy accounts for 5% of states electricity 2015

California is responsible for roughly 50% of America’s total solar capacity. In other words, our state generates more solar power than all of the other 49 states combined.

That’s nothing short of phenomenal.

Even more amazing?

According to the US Energy Information Administration, California solar energy now generates approximately 5% of all the electricity used throughout the state.

On the surface, this statistic may not seem so impressive. But when you consider the state of America’s solar industry just a few years ago, this growth is staggering. According to president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Rhone Resch, “California has 10 times more installed solar capacity than the entire nation had in 2007.”

Just Scratching the Surface of California Solar Energy Potential

Like most states across America, California has renewable energy mandates that require utility companies to make green power investments. In fact, California has some of the most ambitious alternative energy targets in the world. By 2020, the state hopes to generate 33% of its electricity from clean power sources. By 2030, that threshold could jump up to 50%.

Given how rapidly California’s solar industry went from practically nothing to what it is today, it’s safe to assume that we’ll meet our 2020 and 2030 green energy deadlines.

But we’re just scratching the surface of our state’s solar power potential.

The 5% statistic mentioned above only factors in utility-scale solar investments.

It doesn’t include the countless megawatts of residential and commercial solar investments. Nationwide, a new solar PV installation goes up every 3 minutes, with the bulk of this new capacity located in our state.

According to the California Public Utilities Commission, California now has about 2.3 GW of small-scale solar installed across the state.

And unlike utility solar investments, these residential and commercial installations aren’t mandated. They represent ordinary businesses and homeowners who decided to take control of their energy futures by investing in clean, affordable solar power. These individuals benefit from lower monthly electricity bills – and smaller carbon footprints.

If current trends continue, it’s not unreasonable to believe that California could one day generate 100% of its electricity from the sun. Some cities in the state have already reached that point. And most experts agree that solar energy will become the dominant power source on the planet by 2050(if not sooner).

Today, it’s just 5%. Tomorrow, it’ll be 10%. And with each passing year, our dependence on fossil fuels will shrink – as our reliance on clean and free sunshine will continue to grow.

If you’d like to power your life with sunshine today, contact us for a free consultation. We promise that you won’t regret this decision. It’s hard to argue with less pollution, more money, and greater peace of mind.

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