Renewable energy industry news roundup: Feb. 28–March 6, 2016
California, New Jersey and Oregon are working towards getting greener, a new report shows 2015 was a record year for renewable energy, and McDonald's embraces sustainability. Read these stories and more in this week's news roundup:
San Francisco may require solar panels on all new buildings
A member of city government in San Francisco plans to introduce legislation that would require all new construction within the city, including residential and commercial buildings, to have solar panels installed. The renewable energy ordinance would make San Francisco the first and only major city in the country to require the installation of solar panels on new buildings.
Global investments in clean energy hit $367 billion last year, beating expectations, according to a new report from Clean Energy Canada. The report states that far more was spent on clean energy than the $253 billion invested in new power from fossil fuels.
NJ Senate panel advances bill requiring 80% renewable energy
The New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy Committee has advanced a bill that would require the state to source 80% of its total electricity needs from renewables by 2050. If approved, the bill would start with a goal of 11% by 2017.
The Oregon House and Senate have approved a bill that would require the state to source 50% of its electricity from renewables by 2040. If signed into law, it would also require the state to eliminate coal-fired generation by 2035.