Chicago Becomes Largest City To Embrace Renewable Energy Goals.

Chicago sign at the theater in the city at night

Across the U.S. cities, both large and small, are pledging to run all public buildings on renewable energy by 2030. The latest city to join that pledge would also be the largest as Chicago has pledged to have all government buildings running on clean energy by 2025. The public buildings in Chicago account for 8% of the cities total power usage, enough to power almost 300,000 homes, so this is no small gesture. They plan to get the bulk of their renewable energy from solar and wind, with plans to install solar panels on several city buildings either already underway or in the works. The list of cities that are making the pledge is now around 20, but Chicago will be by far the largest of that group as they pass up Boulder CO for that honor.

Chicago sign at the theater in the city at night
Chicago sign at the theater in the city at night

With regulations, infighting, and outright science denial taking root at the Federal level, cities and states are making efforts to embrace renewable energy on their own. Given that solar now employs more people than the fossil fuel industry, it also makes good economic sense.