California just set a new record for using nearly 100 percent clean, renewable energy, getting them closer to the goal of being carbon-free by 2045.

Source: CBS 8 San Diego/Youtube

The state’s main grid ran on more than 97 percent renewable energy on Sunday, April 3rd. This broke a 96.4 percent record from the week prior, according to the California Independent System Operator (ISO).

The California ISO is a nonprofit headquartered in Folsom, California, that runs the state’s power grid.

“While these all-time highs are for a brief time, they solidly demonstrate the advances being made to reliably achieve California’s clean energy goals,” said Elliot Mainzer, ISO president, and CEO, in the statement.

ISO predicts that more records will be hit in April since clean energy production usually peaks in Spring with the milder temperatures and the angle of the sun.

California’s goal is to be carbon-free by 2045, and this is getting them closer to that mark than ever. The ISO is planning to add more renewable energy storage to the system by June. Storing the energy ensures that it can be used at any point in the day.

Projects worldwide are developing new ways to utilize solar panels and move away from dirty fossil fuels. Architecture students in Barcelona just built a solar-powered greenhouse that uses 50 percent less energy than it produces. Virginia is transforming abandoned coal mines into solar farms, and a start-up is helping retrofit old buildings in Brooklyn to use clean energy. The latest climate report from the IPCC is a final warning for governments around the world about global warming, so it’s great to see companies taking the initiative and working towards a renewable future!

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