World’s Second Most Populous Country Poised for Solar Boom

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

Already, India is a renewable energy leader, especially when it comes to solar. It has some of the largest solar projects in the world, and plans to expand to 20 gigawatts (GW) by 2020 and 200 GW by 2050 as part of the “National Solar Mission.” Given recent circumstances, however, they appear poised to go even bigger.

As a kid growing up in Wisconsin, I would attend the annual summer fly-in of the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh. It’s truly a spectacle -- on display you can find everything from World War II bombers to ultralights to the SR71; one year they even had the Harrier jet demonstrate a vertical take off.

Not Quite 100% Renewable, But Close

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

According to a recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) report, 98.6% of all new energy capacity brought online in the first quarter of 2016 came from renewable energy. It’s not quite 100%, but it’s close. The remaining 1.4% came from natural gas.

News Release | Environment America

Environment America joins 'Million Solar Strong' celebration

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. now has one million solar installations, and that number is expected to double in another two years. Environment America joined solar manufacturers, installers and other renewable energy advocates today at a live solar installation in Northeast D.C. to celebrate the achievement.

San Francisco Passes Solar Mandate for New Buildings: Another Step Toward its 100% Renewable Goal

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

Last week, San Francisco became the first major U.S. city to mandate solar on every new building, further reinforcing the city’s commitment to meeting its goal of getting to 100% of its power from renewable energy within ten years. They become the first major city to do this and 3rd overall, joining small California towns Lancaster and Sebastopol, who made the same move in 2013.

Taking Flight, Powered by the Sun

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

Every day, we see another example of tremendous progress on renewable energy. Wind and solar, as well as electric cars, are becoming mainstream “go-to” options, reinforcing that the move to 100% renewable energy is underway. At the same time, most experts will acknowledge that one of the next biggest challenges will be powering our aircrafts with renewable energy.  

Putting the Pieces Together -- LEGO on Track to be 100% Renewable by 2020

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

Several years ago, LEGO set a goal to go 100 percent renewable by 2020. Last month, the Danish company announced that through a combination of investments in energy savings and purchases of wind power contracts, it is on track to meet that goal.   

Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Shining Cities 2016

America’s major cities have played a key role in the clean energy revolution and stand to reap tremendous benefits from solar energy. As population centers, they are major sources of electricity demand, and with millions of rooftops suitable for solar panels, they have the potential to be major sources of clean energy as well.

News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

From California to New Jersey, cities help lead nation’s solar boom

Boston, MA -- Sixty-four major American cities are now home to almost as much solar capacity as the entire country had installed at the end of 2010, according to a new analysis that ranks America’s major cities for their solar power.

News Release | Environment America

Outpouring of support for Clean Power Plan shows polluters' cause lonelier than ever

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today marks the end of a week that saw an outpouring of legal support for the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of the U.S. strategy to tackle climate change that is being challenged in the courts by polluters and their government allies.

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