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California leads on cutting carbon: Now Nation stands to follow

Oakland, CA- As international leaders prepare for the United Nations Climate Summit next week in New York, a new study shows that if the United States’ fleet of coal- and gas-burning power plants were a country, it would be the 3rd-largest carbon polluter globally, behind the US as a whole and China. Environmental advocates and Oakland City Councilmembers Dan Kalb, Libby Schaaf, and Rebecca Kaplan pointed to the data to support proposed limits on carbon pollution from power plants nationwide.

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New Report Finds California Solar Installations Nearly Doubled in 2013

Today, Environment California Research & Policy Center released a new report:  Lighting the Way: The Top Ten States that Helped Drive America’s Solar Energy Boom in 2013, ranking California 1st in the nation for installed solar capacity and 4th for installed solar capacity per capita (up from 6th place in 2012). The report emphasizes that it is not availability of sunlight that makes states solar leaders, but the degree to which state and local governments have created effective public policy to help capture the virtually unlimited and pollution-free energy from the sun.

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New Federal Programs Good News for Growing Solar Energy

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Today President Obama announced several federal programs and policies to expand solar and make it easier for businesses, governments and homeowners to harness the power of the sun.

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New Report: San Jose Ranks 4th Among Major U.S. Cities for Installed Solar

San Jose – Today, Environment California Research & Policy Center was joined at the Tech Museum of Innovation by San Jose Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen, the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) and local renewable energy advocates to release a new report: “Shining Cities:  At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution.”  The report ranks San Jose fourth in the nation for the amount of solar installed and second for per capita solar installations, and provides a first-of-its-kind comparative look at the growth of solar in major American cities (Top 20 list below). 

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New Report: San Diego Ranks 2nd Nationally Among Major Cities for Installed Solar

San Diego – Today, Environment California Research & Policy Center was joined at the solarized Mission Bay Aquatic Center by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and local renewable energy advocates and industry leaders to release a new report: “Shining Cities:  At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution.” The report ranks San Diego second in the nation for the amount of solar installed and fourth for per capita solar installations, and provides a first-of-its-kind comparative look at the growth of solar in major American cities (see Top 20 list below).

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New Report Ranks Top U.S. Cities for Installed Solar – California Cities Lead the Way

Sacramento – Today, Environment California Research & Policy Center released a new report: “Shining Cities:  At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution.”  The report ranks Los Angeles  #1 among major cities nationwide for the amount of installed solar power, and provides a first-of-its-kind comparative look at the growth of solar in major American cities.  Closely following Los Angeles is San Diego in the 2nd spot, San Jose - 4th,  San Francisco - 9th and Sacramento - 12th (Top 20 list below).

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Thousand Oaks Honored for its Solar Achievements

Environment California Research & Policy Center awarded Mayor Andy Fox and the Conejo Park and Recreation District with a “2014 Solar Champion” award at this evening’s City Council meeting.

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California Solar Jobs Grew 8% in 2013

California has more than 47,000 people employed manufacturing and installing pollution-free solar energy,  according to a national Solar Jobs Census released today by The Solar Foundation.   According to the analysis, California continues to rank 1st in nation for total solar jobs, with approximately one-third of all solar jobs in the country. Growth in the state’s solar jobs is expected to surge by over 22% by the end of 2014.

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50,000 Californians Petition Regulators to Stand Strong for Rooftop Solar

People with solar panels on their roofs and their supporters teamed up with solar advocacy and environmental groups to deliver more than 50,000 signatures urging the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to not change the rules on existing solar customers.

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Elected Officials Call on Los Angeles to Achieve 20 Percent Local Solar Power by 2020

Los Angeles – City Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin, Congressman Adam Schiff, State Senators Kevin de León and Ted Lieu, and Assemblymembers Bonnie Lowenthal, Jimmy Gomez and Mike Gatto have joined a broad coalition of community groups, environmental organizations, religious congregations and businesses calling for 20 percent local solar power in Los Angeles by 2020. 

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