For the past few years, California has set itself apart as an energy efficiency leader in the United States. Earlier this month, two new records were broken that proved why the state is paving the way when it comes to awareness and and utilization of renewable energy sources.
On March 7, California's system of solar powered panels provided 3.9 gigawatts of electricity, a new benchmark for the Golden State. This record was immediately broken again on March 8, when this renewable resource produced 4.1 gigawatts of electricity. According to the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), this was enough to power 3 million homes, or 18 percent of the state's overall energy consumption.
With these new numbers being reported, California has been able to double the amount of electricity provided by its solar grids in a little less than a year. Back in June 2013, California had 2 gigawatts of solar power, which was then a record-level amount. Because of these steadily rising numbers, California has been singled out as an environmental leader and developer of new green technology. Even the state with the second most amount of solar power produced – Arizona – trailed California by a considerable amount.
If you are a resident of Virginia and are looking for way to increase the energy efficiency of your own home, schedule an appointment with Alban Inspections. We can perform an energy audit that will let you know the areas of your home where unnecessary amounts of power are being wasted. With some improvements, our advice can help you reduce both energy consumption and your monthly utility payments.