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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San Antonio's CPS Energy should pick CEO who will go solar | Luke Metzger

CPS Energy is hiring a new CEO – they should pick a leader to help them go solar. Under the leadership of the past CEO, Doyle Beneby, San Antonio’s municipally owned utility has made great strides to expand the use of renewable energy. But his departure leaves CPS’ solar future unclear. Now momentum is growing for a new "green" hire. 

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News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Travis County leads state in weather-related disasters

AUSTIN – No county in Texas has been hit by more weather-related disasters than Travis County, according to a new interactive map using data from the federal government. Weather-related disasters have been declared nine times in Travis County over the last five years and every county in Texas has been struck by at least one federally declared disaster. Scientists say global warming is already exacerbating some extreme weather events and their impacts.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Houston approved 30 mw solar energy contract

HOUSTON - Today the Houston City Council approved a contract for 30 megawatts of solar energy, enough electricity to power 6.7 percent of municipal operations. The twenty year power purchase agreement is the first of its kind for a city in Texas' deregulated electric market and is expected to save Houston approximately $5.3 million while reducing municipal greenhouse gas emissions four percent. The power will come from a solar facility to be built near the west Texas town of Alpine. The contract comes amid a time of unprecedented growth for solar, fueled by low prices and growing public and regulatory demand for cleaner energy. ERCOT projects solar in Texas will grow 51-fold in the next fifteen years.   

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Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit | Luke Metzger

If America were to take advantage of just a fraction of its wind energy potential to get 30 percent of its electricity from the wind by 2030, the nation could cut carbon emissions from power plants to 40 percent below 2005 levels. That much pollution-free energy would help states meet and exceed the emission reductions called for by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, and help the nation meet its commitment to cut U.S. carbon pollution by 32 percent by 2030. To ensure that wind power is a central component of the Clean Power Plan, strong federal incentives are needed to help drive this clean, renewable energy. 

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News Release | Environment Texas

Environment Texas decries Texas lawsuit on Clean Power Plan

"In a month where we've seen new heat records, raging wildfires, and now the worst hurricane ever recorded, it is unconscionable that Attorney General Paxton is fighting this life-saving measure to combat dangerous global warming," said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas. "Polls show Texans support action on climate, as do many businesses across the state, but instead of representing the people, General Paxton is carrying water for big polluters. Texas needs to stop the dangerous obstructionism and get to work reducing pollution and moving Texas to a cleaner, healthier future."

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