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.

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Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Shining Cities

Solar power is on the rise across America—increasing 200-fold in the United States since 2002—and major cities are helping to lead this clean energy revolution. Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution shows that cities from every region of the U.S. are driving solar development with strong public policies – reaping important benefits for the environment, public health, and the economy. By building local solar power, cities can keep more of their energy budget at home and create good local jobs.

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News Release | Environment California

Statement on Behalf of the Los Angeles Clean Energy Coalition, regarding Mayor Garcetti’s State of the City

“LA is proving that by setting—and achieving—ambitious goals, the city can take critical steps towards a clean energy future,” said Michelle Kinman, clean energy advocate at Environment California. “Even so, Los Angeles has barely scratched the surface of its potential to capture this pollution-free energy source.  By committing to bold goals and expanding on the smart policies we’ve adopted, we can take solar to the next level and ensure that Los Angeles remains a leader on the national and international stages.”

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

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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News Release | Environment California

New Climate Science Report Warns of Increased Risk, Need for Action

Oakland, CA – Today the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change officially released its latest report on global warming. The report adds to the ever-growing body of evidence that action on to limit carbon pollution is urgently needed – and without it, risk to future generations will only continue to grow. 

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Committee Unanimously Passes Bill Advancing California Toward Goal of a Million Zero-Emission Vehicles

The Senate Transportation & Housing Committee unanimously passed Senate Bill 1275 (De León) today, propelling California toward its goal of putting one million electric cars, trucks and buses on the state’s roads within the next ten years.

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