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

Report | Environment Rhode Island

Catching the Wind: State Actions Needed to Seize the Opportunities of Atlantic Offshore Wind Power

The Atlantic coastline is at the epicenter of America’s energy and environmental challenges, with state leaders currently facing critical decisions to meet the region’s growing energy demands and protect our communities and wildlife from the impacts of climate change. The cities, metropolitan areas, and sprawling suburbs that stretch along the East Coast have a massive, pollution-free energy source ready to meet these challenges –– offshore wind.

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News Release | Environment Rhode Island

On the verge of a big win for Rhode Island solar

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News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Whitehouse, Reed, Cicilline join community members to share vision for Rhode Island's environment

Dozens of community members and concerned citizens joined members of Rhode Island's congressional delegation––Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed along with Congressman David Cicilline––for a coffee hour hosted by Environment Rhode Island at the First Unitarian Church in Providence. The delegation and community members discussed opportunities to move forward to protect Rhode Island's environment at a time when Congress continues to face gridlock.

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Report | Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center

Shining Cities

Solar power is on the rise across America—increasing 200-fold in the United States since 2002—and major cities are helping to lead this clean energy revolution. Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution shows that cities from every region of the U.S. are driving solar development with strong public policies – reaping important benefits for the environment, public health, and the economy. By building local solar power, cities can keep more of their energy budget at home and create good local jobs.

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News Release | Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center

New report highlights solar energy in Providence and other U.S. cities

With concern growing about the Rhode Island economy's dependence on out-of-state fossil fuels––and the associated environmental and public health consequences of dirty air and global warming pollution––Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center released a new report, "Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution." The report provides a first-of-its-kind comparative look at the growth of solar power in major American cities. The report rates Providence a "Solar Beginner"––#39 out of 57 cities ranked.

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