The passage of Assembly Bill (AB) 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, marked a watershed moment in California's history. By requiring in law a sharp reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, California set the stage for its transition to a sustainable, low-carbon future. AB 32 was the first program in the country to take a comprehensive, long-term approach to addressing climate change, and does so in a way that aims to improve the environment and natural resources while maintaining a robust economy.
- Environmental Protection Agency - Find out how the U.S. EPA is managing climate change issues and how to help.
- California Climate Change - Read about the State's Integrated Plan for addressing climate change.
- South Bay Environmental Services offers information on climate action planning.
- The Climate Registry is a non-profit organization governed by U.S. states and Canadian provinces and territories.
- Celebrate Earth Hour and take the pledge to end climate change.
Solar energy is the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy source available. Modern technology can harness this energy for a variety of uses, including generating electricity, providing light or a comfortable interior environment, and heating water for domestic or commercial use. Help preserve our energy reserves and reduce CO2 emissions by using a solar thermal system for your pool or home water heater.
Photovoltaics is the direct conversion of light into electricity at the atomic level. Some materials exhibit a property known as the photoelectric effect that causes them to absorb photons of light and release electrons. When these free electrons are captured, electric current results that can be used as electricity.
Thermal energy is the energy that is generated and measured by heat. Because thermal energy is due to the movement of particles, it is a type of kinetic energy, which is the energy due to motion. Thermal energy can capture the warmth of the sun and transfer that heat to water.
- California Solar Permitting Guidebook - developed by the Solar Permit Task Force, Governor's Office of Planning and Research, State of California
- Center for Sustainable Energy - information on clean, sustainable energy solutions
- Energy Efficiency at Home - provided by Let's Go Solar
- The Complete Guide to Residential Solar Panels - provided by Solar Tribune
- Ultimate Guide to Solar Panels - provided by Let's Go Solar
- Residential Solar Panels - provided by Let's Go Solar
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Extreme heat, low water levels, and high demand will all contribute to a heavily-burdened power system in California this summer. If it looks like demand might outstrip supply, officials will issue a Flex Alert, calling for a reduction in energy use. Sign up for email alerts at FlexAlert.org.