News Release | Environment California Research and Policy Center

Here comes the sun -- California to put solar panels on all new homes

It’s official! Beginning in 2020, builders in California will put solar panels on all new homes, a move finalized today by the California Building Standards Commission.

Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America

Solar power is expanding rapidly. The United States now has over 53 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed – enough to power 10.1 million homes and 26 times as much capacity as was installed at the end of 2010.[1] Hundreds of thousands of Americans have invested in solar energy and millions more are ready to join them.

News Release | Environment California

Bill to Extend Solar Thermal Program Passes California Legislature

The California Legislature passed AB 797 (Irwin) this afternoon. With the bipartisan vote in the Assembly of 45-19 today and the Senate’s bipartisan 30-10 vote on Tuesday, the bill now heads to the Governor for his signature. The bill extends consumer incentives for solar thermal technologies that heat water and air using the sun’s energy, reducing natural gas use in homes and buildings. The bill is part of the state’s ongoing efforts to meet the greenhouse gas reduction goals, improve air quality, and support economic development.

Charging ahead: Los Angeles kick-starts electric car sharing program in low-income communities

By | Michelle Kinman
Director, Charge Ahead California Campaign

This Friday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will launch BlueLA Carsharing, the city’s new, innovative electric car sharing program. It’s specifically designed to provide low-income Angelenos with more options for getting from point A to B, all while cleaning up our air, improving public health and protecting our climate.

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.

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