Earlier this week San Diego passed a Climate Action Plan that will make the city of roughly 1.4 million people the largest city in the country to be powered entirely by renewable energy like wind and solar power. The bipartisan city council passed the mayor’s plan unanimously showing the strong support for clean energy in the city.
The plan calls for the city to cut half of all its emissions and source all its electricity from renewable resources by 2035. “Today San Diego took a landmark step toward securing a greener and more prosperous future,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. “We’ve done something remarkable, bringing business and environmental interests together in a bipartisan manner to support a cleaner community and a stronger economy. We’ve struck the right balance with this plan, and San Diegans can look forward to more clean technology, renewable energy and economic growth.”
In passing the plan San Diego joins a handful of other cities in the U.S. that have passed plans to transition to 100 percent clean energy. An even smaller handful already is 100 percent powered by renewables. Among them are Aspen, CO, Burlington, VT, and Greensburg, KS. Georgetown, Texas also is expected to powered by 100 percent clean energy as early as 2017.
“Today, San Diego positions itself as a national leader by becoming the largest city in the U.S. to commit to 100% clean energy,” said Nicole Capretz, executive director of the Climate Action Campaign. “Following on the heels of the landmark agreement in Paris, we are showing cities around the world how to create a better, cleaner and healthier future to protect the people and places we love.”
The plan spells out how San Diego can achieve the 2035 targets. The city will create a renewable energy program, implement a zero waste plan and transition to a city fleet of EVs. The city said the plan will improve quality of life while saving taxpayer money.
Rooftop solar will likely be a big part of that transition. According to Sullivan Solar Power the industry already is providing $1 billion in economic benefit to San Diego County.
“In San Diego we have a thriving solar power industry that is ready and eager to move the city of San Diego away from fossil fuels,” said Sullivan Solar Power CEO Daniel Sullivan. “Our local industry is poised to rise to the challenge and systematically unplug entire communities from fossil fuels.”Tweet