Shady Characters Are Blocking the Sun

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Charles and David Koch, along with their dirty energy allies, are doing everything they can to block the sun and stop progress towards a solar energy future. 

News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

U.S. EPA touts latest move to back up commitment on climate with clean energy

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.

Tesla Announces a Game Changing Breakthrough for Energy in America

By | Rob Sargent
Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

Solar has been growing at astonishing pace in the last few years, with hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses now powered by the sun.  Because the sun does not shine 24/7, naysayers argue that we have limited ability to capture its unlimited and pollution-free energy. That’s about to change.

This summer, hundreds of thousands of millennials – and others – will flock to music festivals across the country.

Festival attendees might not usually consider environmental impact when buying tickets, but some of them are making cool changes to go green this summer. We took a look at what these festivals are doing and ranked them by how environmentally-friendly they are. 

Ten Ways Your City Can Go Solar

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Solar power is on the rise across America – increasing 350 times since 2002.
Major cities are helping to lead this clean energy revolution. Our new report, Shining Cities:
Harnessing the Benefits of Solar Energy in America, shows that cities from every region of the U.S. are
driving solar development with strong public policies – reaping important benefits for the environment,
public health and the economy. Investing in local solar power installations can help cities and their
residents keep more of their energy dollars at home, creating good local jobs.
Here are some tips for how your city can follow suit.

News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

U.S. cities shining examples of solar power's promise

Boston, MA- Sixty-five major American cities are responsible for more solar power capacity than was installed throughout the country in all of 2009, according to a new analysis. The report, Shining Cities, highlights the nation’s top cities for solar panels deployed within their borders.

Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Shining Cities

The use of solar power is expanding rapidly across the United States. By the end of 2014, the United States had 20,500 megawatts (MW) of cumulative solar electric capacity, enough to power four million average U.S. homes. This success is the outcome of federal, state and local programs that are working in concert to make solar power accessible to more Americans, thereby cleaning our air, protecting our health, and hedging against volatile electricity prices.

America’s major cities have played key roles in the clean energy revolution and stand to reap significant benefits from solar energy adoption. As population centers, they are home to the largest electricity markets and can have an important influence on the way we power our grid. Many cities are already benefitting from smart policies that encourage investment in solar energy.

News Release | Environment America

President hits home run with executive order to curb global warming pollution

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The federal government will cut its greenhouse gas pollution 40 percent over the next decade, under a sweeping new executive order signed by the president today. The reductions will be achieved through energy savings and increased renewable energy deployment in all sectors of the executive branch, the single largest consumer of energy in the nation. Major U.S. supply firms, including GE, IBM, and Honeywell will also pledge emissions reductions today. The two initiatives combined will cut carbon pollution by 26 million metric tons. 

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Maryland is ahead of the curve on solar energy

As a lifelong Marylander, I'm proud of the progress that our state has made through successful, bi-partisan initiatives supporting renewable and efficient energy throughout the state. As such, I was concerned when I read a letter published in the Sun on Jan. 26 ("Maryland bucks the trend on solar energy"). The author, an environmental stakeholder, mentioned that she was embarrassed that Maryland hasn't taken enough steps to support solar energy. Unfortunately, she misses a significant portion of the statistical narrative.

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Homegrown Solar Jobs Flourishing in Illinois

The sun is shining on solar power in Illinois.

A new report ranks the state 12th nationally for the number of people employed in the solar industry, up from 20th in 2013. According to The Solar Foundation, 1,700 solar jobs were added last year, bringing the total to 3,800 in Illinois.

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