Washington, D.C. is seeing a huge shift toward . Right now, there is a bill going through the D.C. council in an attempt to establish a higher objective than has been approved by any other state at this point in time.

Supporting A Solar Shift

Many have taken issue with the views of current politicians on climate change. But the district which is home to the United States central government is taking things very seriously. As a matter of fact, prepping is being done to establish a more aspiring renewable energy directive than has been seen in any other state up to now. There are many who recognize the benefits of renewable energy, such as solar power. And there are many in positions of power who recognize the benefits of shifting toward solar.

The very first opportunity to discuss a brand new bill was recently held by the City Council of Washington D.C. This bill would mandate area utilities to obtain all electric power from clean energy sources (such as solar power) by the year 2032. This is a big deal, as it is twice the present number requirements.

Hawaii takes the lead for having the most aspiring renewable portfolio standard strategy in America. What does Hawaii’s stance on renewables look like? Their policy calls for 100 percent renewable energy over the next two plus decades, by the year 2045. The target in California is not far off, mandating 100 percent carbon neutrality in the same time frame.

Supercharging Solar

Setting such a directive for renewable/solar energy is a strong move in the shift to solar. The aforementioned D.C. bill would have some impressive specifications, for instance, that utilities would need a minimum of five percent of their power to come from solar over the next 14 years, by 2032. There is a section detailing an interesting term – essentially, the standard for solar is to increase if numbers happen to be surpassed in any particular year. Here’s how this will work: let’s say the solar energy accomplished in a specific year has exceeded the solar energy numbers set forth for that year. Now, for the succeeding year, the solar energy expectation will go up by one, combined with the variance between the solar expectation in said year and the percentage of solar achieved for that year. This number would then be multiplied by the following year’s solar energy level of attainment (with certain restrictions put in place). Overwhelmed yet? The numbers can start to get a little bit confusing, but the point is that this bill is expected to really supercharge solar.

Speaking of numbers, where exactly does Washington D.C. stand when it comes to solar? D.C. produced more than 51 GWh of electric power from solar in 2017. This new bill, though, would necessitate multiplying this number by three in terms of solar usage by the end of 2019.

By the year 2033, things would certainly start to take off in terms of the solar and renewable energy standards. Why? Because starting in 2033, the numbers for solar energy for each year will be decided by multiplying the percentage of solar energy attained in the two previous years, and this number would be multiplied by one with the addition of the average increase in percentage of solar capacity in the previous two years.

But let’s not focus too much on numbers.

The impressive solar bill needs to move through the Committee on Business and Economic Development and the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, prior to the final vote.

Many have conveyed support so far. Clearly, there is an interest in taking advantage of renewable energy. The benefits to the planet are recognized by many. Stay in the loop by following solar news. Who knows – maybe the White House will end up getting a bit of a makeover, if you will, with solar panels visible throughout the magnificent property. How is solar being used in your area to make a positive difference for the planet?

Sources:

https://www.pv-magazine.com/2018/10/12/washington-dc-100-renewables-bill-could-supercharge-solar/

https://www.everbluetraining.com/blog/bringing-solar-power-back-white-house

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