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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RI bill would aim to cut oil use by half by 2050

Rhode Island would aim to cut its petroleum consumption by 30 percent by 2030 and 50 percent by 2050 under legislation heading to a vote in the state House of Representatives.

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Historic Legislation Would Reduce Rhode Island Petroleum Use 50 Percent by 2050

On the evening of March 15, the Rhode Island House of Representatives Environment & Natural Resources Committee conducted a hearing for a proposed bill (H7261) to set up a Petroleum Savings & Independence Advisory Commission to study and reduce Rhode Island’s reliance on petroleum, with petroleum use reduction targets set at 30 percent less by 2030 and 50 percent by 2050.

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R.I. Oil Backs Bill to Curb Greenhouse Gases

The bill promotes biofuels and other renewable fuels, along with enhanced public transit, electric cars and pedestrian-friendly and bike-friendly infrastructure, with the intent of scaling back the state's carbon emissions, mainly from the transportation sector.

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Major floods could hit state again

WARWICK, RI (WPRI) - It has been almost two years since the historic floods of 2010 hit the state. Many have believe massive floods like these are a once in a century occurrence, but one local group says more extreme weather is likely.

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Environment Rhode Island Announces Legislative Priorities for 2012

Environment Rhode Island’s main priorities include reducing air pollution and spurring our economy through supporting a plan to reduce Rhode Island’s dependence on petroleum, keeping our waterways clean by banning single use plastic checkout bags, and supporting a suite of environmental policies to preserve open spaces and protect Narragansett Bay.

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