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

News Release | Environment California

Brown Signs Renewable Energy Mandate

Sacramento – Taking a giant step forward down the path toward repowering California with clean, renewable energy, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 2X (Simitian) the 33% by 2020 Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) bill today. The clean energy mandate is the strongest in the country and environmental advocates celebrated its potential to provide cleaner air, green jobs and greater energy security for the state.

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California's Renewable Energy Mandate Passes Legislature

33% by 2020 Mandate Soon to Have Force of Law  

Sacramento – The California State Assembly passed SB 2X (Simitian), the 33% by 2020 Renewable Portfolio Standard bill today. The bill, which promises to be one of biggest environmental victories of the year, already passed the Senate and is on its way to the governor’s desk where he is expected to sign it. 

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News Release | Environment California

California's Renewable Energy Mandate Passes Legislature

The California State Assembly passed SB 2X (Simitian), the 33% by 2020 Renewable Portfolio Standard bill today. The bill, which promises to be one of biggest environmental victories of the year, already passed the Senate and is on its way to the governor’s desk where he is expected to sign it.

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America Cannot Afford Big Oil’s Plan

After a year in which America’s dependence on oil caused our nation’s largest environmental catastrophe, put billions of tons of pollution in our atmosphere, and undermined our economic and national security, the American Petroleum Institute (API) today proposed an energy plan that would further degrade our environment, endanger public health, boost Big Oil profits, and deepen our dependence on oil.

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America Cannot Afford Big Oil’s Plan

Los Angeles—After a year in which America’s dependence on oil caused our nation’s largest environmental catastrophe, put billions of tons of pollution in our atmosphere, and undermined our economic and national security, the American Petroleum Institute (API) today proposed an energy plan that would further degrade our environment, endanger public health, boost Big Oil profits, and deepen our dependence on oil.

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