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Energy Conservation

Solar Energy Siting Facilities

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Energy is an essential resource and local governments are now looking toward renewable sources (i.e. wind, geothermal heat, water flows, biomass, and sunlight) as energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions increase.  The California Renewable Energy Resources Act (SB 1-2) requires California electricity providers to provide at least 33 percent of power from renewable sources by 2020.  The state has also set the goal of 1 million solar roofs by 2020.

Energy Efficiency

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Energy efficiency is using less energy to provide the same level of energy service. Efficient energy use is achieved primarily by means of a more efficient technology or processes rather than by changes in individual behavior.  The state of California began implementing energy-efficiency measures in the mid-1970s, including building code and appliance standards with strict efficiency requirements, with the enactment of Title 24, Part 6, of the California Code of Regulations (The Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings).