A Million Solar Roofs

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

Claremont Colleges Charged Up about Electric Vehicles

Today, college students, faculty and members of the greater Claremont community participated in the first ever Claremont Colleges Electric Vehicle Day, test driving ten different electric cars available on the market today and learning about how electric vehicles can reduce air pollution, improve health and save working Californians money.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Over 85 Mayors, City Councilmembers and Other Local California Leaders Say “Yes” to Clean Vehicles

To date, over 85 mayors, city councilmembers and supervisors from Oakland and Sacramento to Fresno and San Diego, who collectively represent millions of Californians, have signed on to say “Yes! I endorse Governor Brown’s pioneering vision to place 1.5 million zero emission vehicles on California’s roads by 2025. By accelerating the deployment of clean vehicles, we can clean up our air, reduce global warming pollution, improve public health, save Californians money at the pump and stimulate economic growth.”

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News Release | Environment California

California Solar Businesses Ready to Roll with Clean Power

Dozens of California solar businesses issued a letter to the White House today, endorsing limits on carbon pollution from power plants and advocating that solar energy become a focal point of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

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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Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

America’s Dirtiest Power Plants

As international leaders prepare for the United Nations Climate Summit next week in New York, a new study shows America’s power plants dump as much carbon pollution into the air any other country’s entire economy except China. Environment California pointed to the report as evidence for why the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal for the nation’s first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants is a critical step in the international fight against global warming.

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