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State's solar energy output reaches milestone

"This report really shows that investing in these solar programs works," said Michelle Kinman, a clean-energy advocate at Environment California and one of the report's authors. "It's not only the fact that we're on pace to achieve the 3,000 megawatts. There's also the benefits of the creation of green jobs and the strengthening of the solar industry in the state, not to mention the benefits of clean energy and clean air."

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California hits renewable energy milestone: 1 gigawatt of solar power installed to date

California has hit a major renewable energy milestone: 1 gigawatt -- or 1,000 megawatts -- of solar power has been installed on rooftops throughout the state.

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State's solar energy doubled in five years

California's solar power industry now generates enough electricity to light over 600,000 homes in the state.

News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

California's Solar Program a Big Success

Environment California Research & Policy Center's new report, Building a Brighter Future: California's Progress Toward a Million Solar Roofs, documents that California’s innovative Million Solar Roofs Initiative, halfway through its legislatively mandated timeline, is on pace to meet its goal of installing 3 gigawatts of solar capacity by 2016, is helping to reduce the cost of solar energy, and is creating thousands of jobs throughout the state.

Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Building a Brighter Future: California’s Progress Toward a Million Solar Roofs

California’s pioneering Million Solar Roofs Initiative is on pace to meet its goal of installing 3,000 megawatts of solar capacity by 2016, while also helping to reduce the cost of solar energy, creating thousands of green jobs throughout the state, and reducing air pollution.

News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

California's Solar Program a Big Success

Oakland, CA – Today, Environment California Research & Policy Center released a new report documenting that California’s innovative Million Solar Roofs Initiative, halfway through its legislatively mandated timeline, is on pace to meet its goal of installing 3 gigawatts of solar capacity by 2016, is helping to reduce the cost of solar energy, and is creating thousands of jobs throughout the state.

Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

The Way Forward on Global Warming, Vol. 1

By adopting a suite of clean energy policies at the local, state and federal levels, the United States could curb emissions of carbon dioxide from energy use by as much as 20 percent by 2020 and 34 percent by 2030 (compared with 2005 levels).

News Release | Environment California

Solar Water Heating Incentive Program

The California Public Utilities Commission announced the creation of a new low-income solar water heating incentive program under the California Solar Initiative (CSI)-Thermal Program. The CSI-Thermal Program resulted from Assembly Bill 1407, authored by Assemblymember Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) and sponsored by Environment California in 2007, to create a 10-year, $250 million statewide incentive program to encourage the installation of 200,000 solar water heating systems in homes and businesses that offset natural gas usage for heating water.

News Release | Environment California

Solar Water Heating Incentive Program

SACRAMENTO -- This month, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) announced the creation of a new low-income solar water heating incentive program under the California Solar Initiative (CSI)-Thermal Program.

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California has 1 in 4 U.S. solar energy jobs, study says

"This report shows that the solar industry is not only creating green jobs across California but that the industry is forecast to continue growing at a much faster pace than the overall U.S. economy," said Michelle Kinman, a clean energy advocate for Environment California. "California industry and policymakers have a tremendous opportunity to build on this solid foundation and make solar a centerpiece of the state's energy policy."

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