Clean and Renewable Energy
Solar and wind turbines have become icons for sustainability. Increasing renewable energy options is important to achieve achieve San Diego’s greenhouse gas reduction goals.
Currently, 16 City facilities have photovoltaic systems with solar panels that help the City reach its goal of energy independence. These systems save the City more than $1 million in energy costs each year.
In 2017, San Diego was ranked the No. 1 city in the U.S. for cumulative and per capita installations of solar panels, according to the Environment California Research & Policy Center's annual “Shining Cities” report.
San Diego’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) includes the increased use of renewable energy to achieve 100 percent citywide in 2035. Generating energy that emits minimal carbon dioxide in conjunction with reducing wasteful uses of energy resources is essential to meet CAP goals, create green jobs, and bolster the clean tech sector.