On track to hit a million solar roofs

Every hour, the sun radiates more energy onto the earth than the entire human population uses in a whole year. By capturing just a tiny fraction of this energy, we can decrease our dependence on fossil fuels like natural gas and coal, leading to cleaner air, reduced global warming pollution, and thousands of new jobs.

That’s why Environment California created the Million Solar Roofs campaign in 2006. Thanks to the hard work of thousands of supporters who donated, made phone calls, signed petitions, and came out to events, we passed landmark legislation to support California’s growing solar industry. Our goal? Reach a million solar roofs statewide by the year 2020.

Today, California is on pace to hit the Million Solar Roofs target ahead of schedule, and our state is unquestionably the nation’s solar leader. The price of solar has dropped more than 45% since the program began in 2006, and California’s solar industry now employs more than 43,000 people.

But the battle isn’t over

Powerful utility companies are threatened by the idea of homeowners and small businesses generating their own energy. The utilities are joining hands with the fossil fuel industry and opposing us every step of the way. Environment California has fought hard in Sacramento to protect the laws that have enabled the solar industry’s stratospheric growth. For instance, we’re working to defend net metering, which allows homeowners and small businesses to receive credit on their electricity bills for energy that they produce on-site.

We’re also going on the offensive, working to build support for a bold vision of California’s solar future. Gov. Jerry Brown recently made a public call for California to install 12 gigawatts of local clean energy by 2020. That’s significant: 12 GW is the equivalent of 12 nuclear power plants. By rallying around the governor’s vision, we can reach our goal of a million solar roofs— and blow past it—by the end of this decade. Join our campaign by endorsing Gov. Brown’s clean energy vision today.

Finally, Environment California is highlighting local leaders all over the state who are moving the ball forward on solar power. Lancaster and Sebastopol have passed groundbreaking mandates requiring all new buildings to be constructed with solar panels. Richmond leaders dramatically cut prices on permits for residential solar installations. We are shining a spotlight on these visionary solar leaders and encouraging other city governments to follow in their footsteps.

By continuing to expand California’s reliance on solar power, we can transform our economy, generate jobs, protect our health, and preserve our environment for generations to come.

Clean energy updates

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Legislature Short Changes Clean Energy

Sacramento – In the final hours of the legislative session, state lawmakers failed to pass one of the country’s largest and most successful clean energy initiatives, known as the Public Goods Charge. Meanwhile, a lesser-known bill, AB 1150 (M. Perez), aimed at extending the Self-Generation Incentive Program to provide incentives for wind, fuel cells and other technologies that can generate electricity on-site where the electricity will be consumed, did pass. 

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Environmentalists, Local Constituents Called on Congressman McClintock to Stop Wasteful Subsidies to Oil

At a town hall meeting hosted by Congressman Tom McClintock this evening, Environment California was joined by local activists to call for an end to $44 billion in subsidies to Big Oil.

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Environmentalists, Local Constituents Called on Congressman McClintock to Stop Wasteful Subsidies to Oil

Rocklin – At a town hall meeting hosted by Congressman Tom McClintock this evening, Environment California was joined by local activists to call for an end to $44 billion in subsidies to Big Oil. The group highlighted the environmental and public health threats—from last year’s massive BP Gulf oil spill to smog pollution—posed by our continued dependence on oil. 

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Green jobs gaining traction in California

More than 500,000 people are employed in "green jobs" in California and that number is expected to ramp up in the coming years, according to a report. The Environment California Research & Policy Center report, "Building a Clean Energy Workforce: Preparing Californians for New Opportunities in the State's Green Economy," additionally documents nearly 300 green job training programs at more than 130 institutions throughout the state.

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Study: 15,000 per year train for green jobs in CA

“Over the last couple of years, we’ve been hearing about this university, that organization, this labor union — everyone seemed to be doing some kind of program,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, co-author of the report and director of clean energy programs at the non-profit Environment California Research & Policy Center. “We wanted to count them up.”

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