In July 2017, the City of Solana Beach became just the third city in San Diego County to adopt a 100% clean energy Climate Action Plan. The city’s key strategy to reaching 100% clean energy is Community Choice Energy, which will allow the city to purchase power on behalf of its residents to provide cleaner power options at competitive rates.
On October 11, 2017, Solana Beach became the first city in San Diego County to vote to launch a Community Choice Energy program. The program will roll out in three phases. Phase 1 was completed in October 2017 and included drafting an Implementation Plan and planning details such as staffing, budget, and operations. Phases 2 and 3 (Launch and Operations, respectively) include procuring power, setting rates, continuing public outreach, and customer enrollment. Program operations are expected to begin in mid-2018.
Solana Beach’s Climate Action Commission, which assisted in developing the CAP, will support the process of updating GHG inventories, implementing mitigation measures, and performing monitoring and evaluations. Find the Commission’s agendas and meeting materials here.
Solana Beach was also the first city in the county to adopt a ban on plastic grocery bags. Recently, it has been positioning to extend that to a ban on polystyrene (Styrofoam). Read more here about how reducing waste protects our climate, waterways, and coastline.