Solar power is a growing American success story

Hundreds of thousands of Americans have gone solar and millions more are ready to join their ranks so all of us can power our lives and our communities with clean, renewable, local energy. The barriers to solar are falling faster than ever, too, with more and more cities, states and companies adopting innovative pro-solar policies that have made solar cheaper and easier to install.

That’s why we have 10 times more solar power in the U.S. today than we did in 2010, enough to power more than 5 million homes, with another home going solar every two minutes, as of the end of 2015.

What are we up against? 

Yet just as solar is about to reach a tipping point, some utilities and other special interests want to throw new obstacles in the way. Our Solar for All campaign is working to knock those barriers out of the way so more Americans can go solar.

We’re working with our national network to urge mayors, governors and others to set ambitious solar goals and commitments, offer new solar incentives, and promote new community solar programs. And we’re mobilizing people to counter the utilities and other special interests who want to make solar more expensive and harder to install.

We’re fighting attacks

And we’re winning. In just the past year, we’ve turned back attacks on solar in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico and won new commitments to solar in Austin and Houston, Athens and Atlanta, and New York State and California, among other places. Over the last 10 years, we’ve helped establish dozens of pro-solar programs, including the biggest: California’s Million Solar Roofs Initiative.

What can you do? 

We want you to join us by showing your support for solar. You can send an email to your local officials, write a letter to your local newspaper, attend one of our solar forums, or join us at a news conference or other special event.

Whatever you can do, the time for action is now. Solar is at a tipping point. If we keep winning more pro-solar policies, we’ll see millions more Americans go solar in the next decade, putting us on a path to a 100% renewable future. If we let utilities and other special interests get in the way, that future will remain out of reach as solar sputters and stalls.

Together, we can achieve Solar for All

We can do this. Together, we can bring more solar power to our homes, our communities, our churches and schools, our workplaces and our lives—and leave a cleaner, healthier world for kids growing up today and future generations.

Solar For All Updates

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Powerful incentive

This is not the time for Congress to allow the expiration of the wind production tax credit, set for the end of the year. The tax credit has been integral to the country having the second-fastest growing wind industry in the world last year, trailing only China. It makes the industry more competitive, wind power now on a projected path from the current 3 percent of the country’s electricity to 20 percent eventually.

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Debate Emerging over Ohio's Energy Efficiency Mandate

ince 2009, Ohio electricity customers have been paying a surcharge on their monthly bills to pay for utility programs that encourage energy efficiency. It’s part of a larger program that state legislators passed, requiring utilities to push down power usage every year, until by 2025 Ohio uses 22 percent less electricity. Now some consumer and environmental activists are worried that Ohio lawmakers might water down the efficiency mandate. In fact, one of the state’s largest electric companies is urging legislators to at least consider a change. 

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Wind energy tax credit

Last week, several governors from the Governors Wind Energy Coalition came together to show their support for renewing the wind energy production tax credits (Governors call for renewing wind energy tax credit, Associated Press). I was disappointed to see that Ohio’s own Governor Kasich was absent from this press conference and from the coalition.

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Governors call for renewing wind energy tax credit

Warning that tens of thousands of jobs are at stake, governors in wind energy states Tuesday called on Congress to renew an expiring tax break.

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Incentives needed for creating clean energy

To the Editor:

 

The News Journal's recent article "Solar moving slowly in Ohio" did a great job of highlighting why clean energy is an important part of what's powering Ohio, providing pollution-free energy that keeps our economy going and our air clean, while creating thousands of jobs in clean energy production and manufacturing right here in our state.

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