SAN FRANCISCO – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy joined Bay Area government agencies today to celebrate their collaboration on solar power and the nation’s first federal solar partnership. The federal initiative, involving nine sites in California and Nevada, marks the first time the federal government will coordinate solar power purchases and installation across multiple agencies to maximize economies of scale. Rob Sargent, Environment America’s energy program director, praised today’s event.
“The Bay Area’s partnership is a fantastic example of how governments can lead the way on solar power to cut pollution and save water. Population centers like cities and counties are perfectly poised to tap the power of the sun, and communities across the country are already becoming stars when it comes to solar energy.
“This is the latest move by President Obama to back up his commitment to fighting climate change with bold investments in solar energy. By harnessing the federal government’s immense purchasing power across multiple agencies, the president is accelerating the shift to clean energy."