March 30th, 2011
On Tuesday, the California Assembly passed a law requiring utilities to get 33% of their power from renewable energy by 2020. The 55-19 vote was what you’d have to call a landslide and yet another indicator of the growing power of solar (pardon the pun, but I’m giddy with excitement over the news). Governor Brown, who campaigned on this very issue, is expected to sign the bill.
The 33% standard is second only to Hawaii, which mandates 40% by 2030. Other states with comparable standards include Colorado and New York, both of which set targets of 30% by 2020 and 2015, respectively.
Thanks to all of you who made your voices heard and to all of the amazing advocacy and industry groups who have been pushing for a more aggressive renewable energy target for years. We will all continue to work together to make our state and our nation a solartopia.
- California’s Renewable Energy Mandate Passes Legislature (yubanet.com)
- What percent of california power is made by solar panels (wiki.answers.com)