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California is a leader on solar power, Environment California says

California is among a dozen states that have excelled through political will and public policy at producing solar power and should be examples for others on how to shift to renewable energy, according to a report released Tuesday by the group Environment California.

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Study: State government support leads to more solar installations

A study released today “Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States” by the Environment California Research & Policy Center finds the states with government policies and government programs supporting solar tend to have far more solar installed than other states.

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California Ranks Among Top Six Solar States

The report from Environment California shows solar capacity in the state grew by 35-percent in 2012. It now has almost 3,000 megawatts. That’s enough to power an estimated 600-thousand homes. Michelle Kinman with Environment California says it’s not the availability of sunlight that puts states in the lead, but similar public policies that support solar energy.

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Closing of San Onofre Nuclear Plant Draws Praise

Environmental and citizens' groups and a U.S. Senator are applauding an announcement early Friday that Southern California Edison's San Onofre nuclear power plant will be staying closed permanently.  And as the California Energy Commission (CEC) starts work on planning for a future without San Onofre, antinuclear groups are now setting their sights on the state's last remaining nuclear power plant at Diablo Canyon.

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California Nuclear Plant to Shut: A Case of Unforgiving Nuclear Economics

Environmental groups that had opposed restart were quick to applaud the decision. “Shutting down San Onofre is the right thing to do,” said Michelle Kinman, with Environment California, in a prepared statement. “Shutting down this nuclear plant will best protect public safety and the environment.”

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