San Diego beat larger metro areas including San Francisco and Los Angelesto become the first city in California to reach the solar cap in their utility’s region. Solar in San Diego has become a $1 billion a year industry and the city is the first to commit to being completely powered with renewable energy by the year 2035. San Diego’s progressive commitment to renewable energy proves that solar energy works, is reliable and is here to stay.
“We’ve known that San Diegans have been leading the solar revolution for over a decade, but reaching this landmark highlights the dedication our region has to clean and renewable energy,” says Daniel Sullivan, president and founder of San Diego-based Sullivan Solar Power which has been installing solar systems in the area since 2004. “Homeowners and businesses are realizing that not only can they save money by going solar, but solar increases property value, decreases our dependence on fossil fuels, improves air quality, lessens our carbon footprint and supports the local economy.”
In 2013, California’s Assembly Bill 327 established a net metering ‘cap’ at five percent of peak energy demand in each investor-owned utility’s territory, allowing a limited amount of solar power to be connected under the existing set of solar rules and costs. By reaching the solar cap, the San Diego Gas & Electric territory is the first to officially move to the new rules known as net energy metering 2.0 or NEM 2.0.
“Under the new rules, there is no limit to the amount of people who can go solar, but many of the traditional benefits of going solar have changed,” said Sullivan. “With energy rates from utilities on the rise, solar continues to be the best solution for reducing and eliminating energy costs provided a customer decides to go solar with a company who can make the new solar rules work for them.”