Statement: California reaches historic one millionth solar roof

State leads nation toward renewable energy future
For Immediate Release

CLOVIS, Calif. -- California has reached a milestone: one million roofs with solar panels. The achievement completes the state’s Million Solar Roofs Initiative, which was launched in 2006 under the leadership of then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Also known as The California Solar Initiative, the project was designed to install 3,000 megawatts of clean power and help drive down the price of solar for Californians.

When California adopted the landmark Million Solar Roofs Initiative in 2006, state policymakers aimed to pave the way for a clean energy future by bringing solar energy within reach for more California residents and businesses. Since the project began, the number of installed solar systems in the state has increased nearly 50 fold.

Environment California, an affiliate of Environment America, played a pivotal role in proposing and developing the initiative.

Emma Searson, Environment America Research & Policy Center’s 100% Renewable campaign director, issued the following statement:

“Just over a decade ago, they said it couldn’t be done. But California has done it. In a time span few people believed was achievable, the state has ramped up from just a sprinkling of rooftop solar panels to one million solar installations. This is a huge victory for clean energy and proves what can get done when a state commits to a visionary goal. 

“This accomplishment should now inspire and motivate other states across our nation to pursue equally ambitious solar and renewable energy commitments. The lesson here is that aiming high and following through with strong policy turns goals into reality. It is a potent recipe for change and one that can propel us down the path to a cleaner world faster than we ever thought possible.”