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 Research & Policy Center

“We’re on our way to a million electric vehicles”

SACRAMENTO – As part of his 2014 State of the State address this morning, Governor Edmund G. Brown included a full-throated endorsement of one of the chief objectives of the Charge Ahead California campaign, putting one million cars, trucks and buses on California’s roads. The support comes on the heels of the Governor’s January 9th budget proposal, which included up to $200 million in proceeds from the state’s cap and trade auctions to support electric vehicles programs.

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News Release | Environment California

Statements on Electric Vehicles Provisions in the Governor's 2014-2015 Budget

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown introduced his 2014-2015 state budget proposal at a Capitol news conference this morning. The budget summary designates up to $200 million in proceeds from the state’s cap and trade auctions to advance the objectives of the Charge Ahead California campaign to put one million electric cars, trucks and buses on the road and make sure that every Californian enjoys the benefits of cleaner air and roads.

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New Report: Wind Energy Yields Major Environmental Benefits for California; Reducing Pollution and Saving Water

Sacramento – Wind energy is on the rise and is providing huge environmental benefits for the state, according to a new report released today by Environment California Research & Policy Center. California’s wind energy is already avoiding more than 6 million metric tons of climate-altering carbon pollution – the equivalent of taking 1.3 million cars off the road, while saving 2.7 billion gallons of water per year – enough to meet the needs of 59,000 people.

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News Release | Environment California

Charge Ahead California Launches Campaign

Today, a diverse coalition of community-based, public health, science and conservation groups across the state launched a campaign to help clean up California’s transportation system and improve air quality in communities across the state – particularly those historically exposed to a disproportionate share of pollution – by putting one million electric cars, trucks and buses on the road within ten years. Shifting to electric vehicles will also keep more transportation dollars in-state, boosting the economy and creating new jobs.  

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Environmentalists, Community Leaders Hold Press Conference During EPA Listening Session

San Francisco- While the Environmental Protection Agency holds a listening session in San Francisco today, seeking input on its forthcoming carbon pollution standard for existing power plants, local leaders, parents, scientists and environmental advocates held a press conference to highlight the urgent need for action on the unchecked carbon pollution from power plants. Bold action on carbon pollution from power plants, which are responsible for 40 percent of the U.S. carbon pollution that causes climate change, is vital to protect public health.

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