Energy: Local Renewables

Why is this a Climate Smart indicator?

  • In 2021, San José Clean Energy will start delivering 100 percent carbon-free electricity. Until then, local renewables will contribute to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • One of our Bold Goals is to become the world’s first 1 gigawatt solar city by 2040.
  • Renewable energy creates jobs.
  • Residential solar panels reduce electricity bills.
  • Local renewables increase our resilience by reducing the risk of widespread blackouts.

What is the City doing to make progress on this indicator?


In Progress

  • Partnerships with organizations such as Grid Alternatives
  • Ongoing trainings for the public
  • Reach code including solar readiness requirements (unanimously adopted by City Council 9/17/19)



  • Additional municipal solar installations

About the data

Data sources: California Distributed Generation Statistics and US Census

Data limitations:  Minimal inaccuracies in the data were adjusted for accuracy. Each item in the data set is ZIP code-specific but not address specific or geocoded. Due to the nature of San José’s incorporated boundary and overlapping zip codes with other cities, there may be further data inaccuracies, but these would not significantly impact the numbers displayed here.

Data last updated: September 2019

Further reading

Institute of Policy Studies. “How States Can Boost Renewables, with Benefits for All“.  Renewable Portfolio Standards and Distributed Solar Access for Low-income Households. April 2017.