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California is the Biggest Emerging Green State in the US

California is the Biggest Emerging Green State in the US

This was written by Richard Orban on behalf of Freedom Solar Power.

For the third consecutive year, California has emerged to be the top clean energy state in the United States. The state dominated the 2012 State Clean Energy Index as it continues to lead the country in establishing testing grounds for all kinds of clean energy solutions. California has taken the initiative to introduce clean energy and has installed various programs, which include: solar power, hybrid and electric vehicles and wind power.

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Sun power, a solar panel maker, recently announced that it plans to build a 100 MW solar panel farm in California, which is expected to provide power to 36,000 homes once construction on it is completed by 2016. California’s state mandate has made it compulsory for its investor-owned utilities to have 33% of their electricity generated by renewable energy. This has led to California utilities to embark on more of these solar power projects to meet the standard required as per the state mandate.

The California-based clean energy deployments have attracted over $9 billion in investments in the last three years, and this is one of the main reasons California is the biggest emerging clean state in the US. The investments attracted by the various projects deployed by investor-owned utilities have increasingly provided clean energy for California residents. The success of the clean energy advances made by California has enabled the green economy to grow in the United States and has enabled the state to make great progress in providing clean tech.

California has a long history in supporting renewable energy, and in the last three years over 11% of its electricity came from renewable sources, such as wind and solar power. The introduced of the Energy Commission’s Renewable Energy Program provided further incentive for the deployment of renewable energy systems and also aimed at teaching the public about the benefits of renewable energy.

The results indicated by the 2012 State Clean Energy Index clearly indicate that California is miles ahead of the rest of the states in the United States and that is largely due to its firm focus in establishing green energy deployments. California’s success in generating renewable energy to power thousands of homes provides a high level of national support for the use of clean-energy technology in the United States.

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We Need Green Energy Now

Why We Need Green Energy Now, Not Later

This guest post is by Endre Rex-Kiss of Freedom Solar Power.

As climate change alters the world for the worse and the environment strains under the weight of human activity, there are many questions we must ask ourselves about our environmental behavior. If we were diagnosed with cancer, we would not wait until we were incredibly sick to seek medical attention. So why is that the attitude we embrace when it comes to climate change and other environmental problems? The world is holding its breath as we continue to burn fossil fuels and live unsustainably.

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Why don’t people care about the environment now?

The deeply ironic thing is that they do care. Several US surveys placed the number of people who ‘care about the environment’ as 70-80% of the population. When asked whether people want to live in a world with an unstable climate, more environmental disasters and less resources they scream out ‘no’. People care about the environment and the effect that human are having on it, but they just aren’t acting on it.

The problem of ‘inaction’ is a complex one that has many reasons. Firstly, people mistakenly believe the environment isn’t an immediate problem. Fossil fuels running out or serious effects of climate change are years away, or so they think. Secondly they see the problem of collective action. People either don’t believe that they on an individual level can change anything, or they do and don’t want to be disadvantaged because everybody else will not change their lifestyles. Sadly people do not realize that it is individual action, like recycling or installing solar panels, that begins collective action.

What kinds of events would drive people to green energy?

Despite masses of data backing the climate change thesis, many still doubt its impact. So long as the warming is ‘unnoticeable’ to the general public and does not impact on their daily lives in a meaningful way, then they will not act. This is a massive problem as the logical conclusion of that kind of thinking is that people will only change their behavior when some massive environmental shift or disaster happens, despite the fact that such things are completely avoidable. People could prepare themselves now by installing solar panels or another green energy source, which would both save money in the long-term and cushion them from upcoming issues. But they don’t, and so the problem continues.

Why we should take action now.

Why are we waiting for fossil fuels to run out or a massive climate event to turn to green energy and sustainable living? By then it could be too little too late. If everybody worked just a little harder to live more sustainably, perhaps these nightmare scenarios will never come to pass.

So long as the relationship between our governments and fossil fuel companies is cozy, there will be no true effort to cushion people from the effect of the coming fossil fuel shortage. Oil companies wish to turn a profit for as long as they can, and that means that we will be encouraged to continue our dependence on fossil fuels until it kills us. No more, no less. Jump off the conveyor belt and think for yourself. Go online and look at the statistics; listen to the experts. Decide for yourself whether you think you should shield your family from fuel shocks by using green energy. Once you’ve educated yourself, I know the answer will and must be ‘yes’.

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