For the past couple of years, California has quietly established itself as an energy efficiency leader in the United States. When it comes to solar power, California is the top state in the country, breaking new ground by increasing its dependence on this and other kinds of clean energy. Earlier this month, a new record was broken that helped prove why California is second to no other state when it comes to bringing itself into the future with environmentally-sustainable power.
A few weeks ago, on March 7, California's massive system of solar power panels provided 3.9 gigawatts of electricity across the entire state. While this was an impressive new benchmark for the Golden State, it was a record that was immediately broken the next day. On March 8, California photovoltaic (PV) panels produced 4.1 gigawatts of renewable electricity. This was enough to power 18 percent of the state's overall energy consumption – around 3 million homes – according to the California Independent System Operator (CAISO).
These impressive numbers represent a doubling of the amount of renewable power created by solar panels in California. In June 2013, California was running on 2 gigawatts of solar power, which was then a record amount. California has been recognized by environmental leaders and advocates as a major leader and developer when it comes to green technology. The rest of the country has a ways to go if it is to catch up on the example being set on the West Coast.
No matter where you live, it is possible to increase the energy efficiency of your home. If you are a resident of the Maryland or Washington, D.C. area, schedule an appointment with R&J Tinting for information on our residential window films. They will help reduce the overall power consumption of your living space.