California passes bill for 50% renewable power by 2030
Solar array in California. Author: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.
The California State Assembly passed a senate bill on Friday that requires the amount of renewable power generated and sold each year to retail customers in the state to be increased to 50% by December 31, 2030.
Currently, the Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) envisages a 33% share in 2020.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) praised the move on Saturday, but stressed that California will need even more renewable energy to meet its broader objective of a 40% carbon emissions reduction by 2030.
“While today we’re celebrating SB 350’s success, our work is far from over,” said Sean Gallagher, SEIA’s vice president of state affairs. “Now, we must focus our efforts on the bill’s implementation and the essential need for a fair outcome in the upcoming net metering decision at the Public Utilities Commission, which will determine the future of the rooftop solar market,” he added.
At present, California is the number one state in the US when it comes to installed solar power capacity, with more than 11 GW, SEIA noted.