California bill seeks social justice through renewable energy

Urban solar panels in San Francisco. Credit: The Epoch Times

California Assembly Bill 1990 would equalize installation of solar power by targeting neighborhoods with high unemployment rates and disproportionately impacted by fossil fuel power generation. It would require the state to install small-scale solar in those communities throughout California between 2014 and the end of 2020 and would create 375 megawatts of renewable energy

California has mandated 33% renewable energy by 2020 and vastly more electric cars. This means enormous amounts of new energy need to come online, and soon.

375 MW is a nice gesture and lower income areas are often victims of environmental racism. But this is a blip in terms of what is needed, which is tens of gigawatts of distributed renewable energy and a smart grid to support it.