California is one of the top energy generating states in the nation. Natural gas accounts for nearly half of all electricity generation in the state. However, California has a wide renewable energy portfolio. California leads the nation in solar power generation and has a goal to achieve 33% energy generation from renewable sources by 2020. Pacific Gas & Electric, the state's largest energy utility, provides electricity to nearly two-thirds of the state. Headquartered in San Francisco, PG&E is one of four regulated, investor-owned utilities (IOU)s in California. For more information on California energy, see the graphs below.
Solar Score for California
The Solar Score represents how good of a candidate you are for a home solar installation. We take into account a combination of factors specific to your area. Using these factors, we can determine how long it would take for a home solar installation to pay for itself. has received a solar score of . Below is a description for each area of the graph:
- Red = “Not Viable” meaning a solar installation would not be cost-effective.
- Yellow = “Viable” meaning a solar installation would pay for itself over time.
- Green = “Very Viable” meaning a solar installation would pay for itself quickly and has large savings potential.
Sources for California
California produces energy from a variety of sources. Here are the state’s current energy sources and energy production trends.
- Over half of CA energy generation comes from natural gas
- California has one the largest portfolio of renewable energy in the US
- CA leads the nation in renewable energy generation from solar power
- There is one nuclear power plants still in operation in CA that accounts for 13% of generation
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