The state of California has used clean energy to sustain the state’s electricity demand.
For the first time, the state of California was powered by 100% clean energy on Saturday. April 30. The clean energy used Solar Power, which came from vast solar farms located in the South of Los Angeles.
Environmentalists celebrated the milestone. Dan Jacobson, the co-founder of the activist think-tank EcoEquity, tweeted, “California busts past 100% on this historic day for clean energy!”
Two-thirds of the 18,000 megawatts needed were provided by solar power loaded into the energy grid — or 12,391 megawatts. The rest came from wind, geothermal, and other renewable sources. The Desert Sun reported that the milestone lasted almost 15 minutes before edging back down to about 97% renewables.
Laura Deehan, executive director for Environment California, said that the organization and others have worked for 20 years to push California to use renewable energy. “California solar plants play a really big role.” She said, “California has shown that, for one brief and shining moment, we could do it! It’s time to move to 100% clean energy, 100% of the time.”
Last 2020, California was able to surpass 81% clean energy. The state aims to use 100% clean energy by the year 2045.