California signs momentous 100% renewable energy bill

Governor of California Jerry Brown has signed into legislation a law that requires the US state to produce all its electricity from renewable sources by 2045.

The signing of Senate Bill 100 (SB100) represents a momentous moment in the phase out of polluting fossil fuels from regional electricity mixes, considering that California is the world’s fifth biggest economy, after the US, China, Japan and Germany.

“It’s not going to be easy. It will not be immediate. But it must be done,” said Brown at a signing ceremony in Sacramento. “California is committed to doing whatever is necessary to meet the existential threat of climate change.”

SB100 also brings forward California’s target to reach 50% of its electricity needs from renewables to 2026 – four years earlier than the previous law required. Renewable energy currently accounts for 32% of current generation, according to the California Energy Commission.

California’s solar power sector is the largest in the US with more than 22,000MW of installed capacity stated in a recent Q1 18 report from the Solar Energy Industries Association.