San Diego already produces the second largest electrical output from solar energy in the United States and it’s looking to further increase the use of renewable energy in running the municipality. The city has announced a new plan which details its ambition to run the city on 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. Its vision for the future has been outlined in a 74-page document called the Climate Action Plan. The plan is made up of five “bold strategies” to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases that harm the environment.
The plan presents ideas on how renewable energy can be used to power buildings, as well as ideas on waste management, production of clean energy, cleaner public transportation and also touches on the topic of climate resiliency.
The city is planning to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 50 percent come 2035 and that’s yet another ambitious target that it has set for itself. San Diego also talks about the potential for job creation that the manufacturing and installation of renewable energy equipment like solar panels will bring.
San Diego isn’t the only city that has declared its ambition to go 100 percent renewable in the next couple of decades. Sydney, San Francisco, and Vancouver have made similar pledges and many will be very interested in seeing whether or not they succeed, many will certainly be hoping that they do.