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Students Sing Solar Power Praises To L.A. Council

An environmental nonprofit brought hundreds of elementary school students to Los Angeles City Hall on Tuesday, May 7, in an effort to put the heat on the city officials to start getting more electricity from the sun. Environment California, the group that brought Betty Plasencia Elementary School students to City Hall, wants the city to get 20 percent of its electricity via solar generation by 2020.

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CLIMATE CHANGE: Warnings from Schwarzenegger, Environment California

Warnings about the drastic consequences of climate change have come from two directions this week — a draft version of a National Climate Assessment issued by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, and “In the Path of the Storm,” a report by Environment California about the consequences of climate change already observed in the United States.

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With Help From Nature, a Town Aims to Be a Solar Capital

 “Lancaster is breaking new ground,” said Michelle Kinman, a clean energy advocate at Environment California, a research and lobbying group. Ms. Kinman, who tracks the growth of solar energy in the state, calculates that the city tripled the number of residential installations in the past 18 months.

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Lancaster's Solar Leadership

The city of Lancaster, in the Antelope Valley, basks in sun for a good portion of the year. Now it's become the first city in the nation to mandate that homeowners take advantage of all that sun with solar roofing. Guest host Tess Vigeland speaks with the city's mayor tonight and asks how he's planning to make it affordable for residents. Environment California Research & Policy Center's clean energy advocate Michelle Kinman also provides commentary and makes the case for the next mayor of Los Angeles to make solar power a top priority.

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A Different Solar Milestone

Regardless of how it's accounted for, getting more rooftop solar installed in California is a good thing, and Environment California credits the Million Solar Roofs initiative of the state's Go Solar campaign with making the 1,500 megawatt benchmark possible.

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