03 May Atlanta becomes latest US city committed to 100% renewables
Atlanta has become the 27th US city to commit to a goal of achieving 100% renewable energy, after lawmakers in the city council passed a resolution this week.
The city government will now embark on developing a strategy for transitioning all of its buildings towards clean electricity sources by 2035.
Energy garnered from wind and solar energy projects have been highlighted as sources of clean energy for the buildings in the state of Georgia city.
Councilman Kwanza Hall said: “We know that moving to clean energy will create good jobs, clean up our air and water and lower our residents’ utility bills.
“We have to set an ambitious goal or we’re never going to get there.”
Other US cities to have recently set the 100% renewable energy goal include South Lake Tahoe in California, Madison, Wisconsin and Abita Springs in Louisiana, as well as major US city Chicago.
If Chicago achieves its renewable aim by 2025, it will become the largest city in the US to have a 100% clean energy mandate for its public buildings.