Sonoma – Environment California awarded Mayor Steve Barbose and the City of Sonoma with a “2009 Solar Champion” award for having one of the largest concentrations ofsolar power in the state. According to Environment California, Sonoma has more than 250 solar roofs totaling more than 3,000 kilowatts of solar power capacity. This solar power concentration ranks Sonoma 5th in the state for solar power per capita.
Environment California today released an analysis that puts the energy bill passed by the U.S. House in June in the perspective of its role in moving America toward clean energy, green jobs, and reduced global warming emissions.
In 2008, people in California saved 554 million gallons of gasoline by riding transit in record numbers – the amount consumed by 960,100 cars. Transportation is responsible for more than two-thirds of our nation’s dependence on oil, and about one-third of our carbon dioxide pollution
From Santa Cruz to the Central Valley and from Trinidad to San Diego, solar power is taking hold throughout California as documented in the latest Environment California Research & Policy Center report, California’s Solar Cities: Leading the Way to a Clean Energy Future.
America can reduce global warming pollution by nearly 10 percent annually, replace the power equivalent of 170 coal fired power plants, and create or sustain more than 3 million jobs by making investments in clean energy and transportation a cornerstone of President-elect Obama’s economic recovery plan, according to a report by Environment California. California stands to benefit tremendously from a push toward clean energy.