News Release | Environment California

Bill to Extend Solar Thermal Program Passes Assembly

“There’s no better way to heat our water than by the sun, and AB 797 is critically needed to promote the continued growth of solar heating technologies,” added Michelle Kinman, Clean Energy Advocate with Environment California, cosponsor of the bill.

Report | Environment California Research and Policy Center

Shining Cities 2017

Solar power grew at a record-breaking pace in 2016. The United States now has 42 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy capacity, enough to power 8.3 million homes and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 52.3 million metric tons annually.1 Hundreds of thousands of Americans, especially in our cities, have invested in their own solar panels or solar projects in their communities and millions more are ready to join them.

News Release | Environment California Research and Policy Center

San Diego Earns #1 Ranking Nationwide for Installed Solar Power

Today, Environment California Research & Policy Center was joined in front of the solar panels at Kearny High School by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, San Diego City Councilmember Chris Cate and San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten to announce that San Diego has more installed solar power than any other major American city, according to a new report released today.

News Release | Environment California

New data shows solar jobs growing in metro areas all over California

As the numbers released today show, solar continues to grow rapidly throughout California, providing good local jobs for Californians that also help to protect the environment.

Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Blocking the Sun

This report documents 17 fossil fuel backed groups and electric utilities running some of the most aggressive campaigns to slow the growth of solar energy in 12 states, including eight attempts to reduce net metering benefits, seven attempts to create demand charges for customers with solar power, and five efforts to roll back renewable energy standards. Citizens and policy-makers must be aware of the tools self-interested parties are using to undermine solar energy across America – and redouble their commitment to strong policies that move the nation toward a clean energy future.

News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Report highlights 17 bad actors waging aggressive anti-solar campaigns

The report, Blocking the Sun, documents 17 fossil fuel backed groups and electric utilities running some of the most aggressive campaigns to slow the growth of solar energy in 12 states, including California.

Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Shining Rewards

A review of 16 recent analyses shows that individuals and businesses that decide to “go solar” generally deliver greater benefits to the grid and society than they receive through net metering. Decision-makers should recognize the great value delivered by distributed solar energy by preserving and expanding access to net metering and other programs that ensure fair compensation to Americans who install solar energy.

Report | Environment California Research and Policy Center

Solar on Superstores

Solar energy is expanding rapidly across the United States – increasing more than 100-fold over the past decade. But, there are still many untapped opportunities to harness the nation’s nearly limitless solar potential. The United States has the technical potential to produce more than 100 times as much electricity from solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) installations as the nation consumes each year. Given our abundant solar resources, America must take advantage of untapped opportunities to install solar technologies – like using rooftops of large superstores and “big box” retail stores as hosts for clean electricity generation.

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