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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Texas Part of Coalition Suing EPA Over Clean Power Plan

Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger, meanwhile, described the lawsuit as “unconscionable” given the obvious effects of climate change.

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News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

ERCOT report predicts 5100 percent increase in solar

AUSTIN - A new report by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) predicts major increases in the use of solar power to meet Texas' energy needs. The report, which reviews the impacts of new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules - including the Clean Power Plan (CPP) - on Texas' electric grid, predicts solar will increase from 250 megawatts (mw) today to 13,000 mw by 2030 - an increase of 5100 percent - even without the new EPA rules. A year earlier ERCOT predicted the state would generate 9,900 mw by 2029, an increase in their estimate Environment Texas Research and Policy Center called "remarkable". The report estimates that with the EPA rules, solar will increase to as high as 14,100 mw by 2030.

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Texas grid operator predicts 50-fold increase in solar by 2030

Under these scenarios, solar would represent 6-7% of total annual generation. Environment Texas notes that the baseline scenario is substantially higher than the 9.9 GW by 2029 that ERCOT predicted in a 2014 report.

“This recognizes the historically low prices we're seeing in the solar market today,” said Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. “It's a remarkable time for solar, with each new prediction or price beating the previous historic one.”

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News Release | Environment Texas

Austin to get 13% of electricity from solar

AUSTIN - The Austin city council voted 8-2-1 to negotiate and execute contracts for between 112 - 162 megawatts (mw) of additional solar energy by 2017. Combined with 288 mw of solar approved two weeks ago and earlier solar investments, the city of Austin is on track to generate approximately 13% of its power from solar energy by 2017. In addition, the council called for 150 mw more to be built or contracted by 2019. The investments are expected to save consumers money over the life of the contracts, reduce global warming pollution, and reclaim leadership from San Antonio for the leading city in Texas on solar.

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Austin, Texas approves another 162 MW of solar projects

According to an analysis by Environment Texas, Austin is on track for solar to represent roughly 13% of its electricity generation by 2017. In order to qualify for the 30% federal Investment Tax Credit these projects must come online in this timeframe.

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