Last week both New York and Washington, DC announced plans to convert to 100 percent clean energy, with setting the most aggressive goals yet. Meanwhile a new AI (artificial intelligence) developed by Stanford University found that there are far more solar powered homes in the US than previously reported.
New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced that his agenda for 2019 includes setting new energy requirements in the state that move it to 100 percent clean energy by 2040. That would put the state ahead of other states that have already made similar commitments, including Hawaii, New Jersey and California. Previously the earliest states planned to make the transition was in 2045, as California and Hawaii had announced.
However, days later, the nation’s Capital, Washington, DC, announced even more aggressive goals as its city council unanimously approved measure that move the district to 100 percent renewable energy by 2032. That measure now goes to Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) for approval. Under that omnibus act at least 5 percent of the energy in the city would have to come from solar power installed within the district. The measure goes farther and would require all fleet vehicles in the city to become zero-emission by 2045—including private fleet vehicles and federal vehicles.
Such measures could bode well for Netherlands startup Lightyear, which plans to introduce a commercial consumer solar-powered electric vehicle to the Dutch streets as soon as 2019. The company last week announced a partnership with LeasePlan Netherlands to make the car available through leasing and purchasing options. The company has yet to unveil details about the vehicle, but already is taking reservations, as other EV manufacturers like Tesla have done to spur interest.
Moving forward such cars—and EVs in general—could benefit from additional charging made possible by rooftop solar. Thankfully more homes in the US may already have gone solar than previously thought. Stanford University introduced Deep Solar, an AI it developed to detect solar rooftops. It found that 1.47 million homes across the country have already gone solar. The researchers behind the study said and the interactive tools it created can help utilities, policymakers and regulators understand how solar power is impacting local areas and encourage more solar development where appropriate.Tweet