"Today is a day that will shine bright in California history, bringing more jobs, cleaner air and a more secure energy future for all Californians," Michelle Kinman, clean energy advocate with Environment California Research & Policy Center, wrote in a news release.
Rooftop solar panels make a lot of sense for L.A., not only because the city is so frequently sun-splashed but because local power development is the easiest and cheapest way to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, since one doesn't need to build power lines to carry electricity here from desert solar plants or mountain wind farms. Compared to other cities, though, L.A. is lagging.
Can California cities scale their clean energy infrastructure by an order of magnitude over the next six to eight years while attracting investments and generating local jobs? The math says yes and the answer to the future of clean distributed energy in California may be found in Sonoma County.
You might not realize it on a foggy winter morning, but Sonoma County cities are really soaking in the sun. A new study shows the county has one of the highest concentrations of solar energy users in the state.