Tallahassee leaders commit to convert to 100 percent clean energy

Posted at 6:52 PM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 14:01:24-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The City of Tallahassee is committing to  transitioning to 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2050.

Wednesday evening, the Tallahassee City Commission unanimously approved a resolution establishing a goal of powering city operations entirely with renewable sources like wind and solar by 2035, and community-wide by 2050.

With the approval, the Sierra Club Big Bend Group says Tallahassee has become the seventh city in Florida, and the 108th city in the nation, to commit to powering itself with 100 percent clean, renewable energy.

"We commend the City for taking this step. The goals set forth in this resolution will take Tallahassee into the solar age, making Tallahassee truly the Capital of the Sunshine State," said Grant Gelhardt, Chair of the local Sierra Club Big Bend Group. "This goal would not only put the City as a leader in Florida, but put Tallahassee among the leaders in the nation in sustainability and conversion to 100 percent renewable energy."

In addition to committing to transform its energy system, the resolution also sets a goal of 100 percent clean transit. Leaders also plan to electrify the city’s vehicle fleet by 2035.