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

News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Leaders should embrace clean energy future, reject fossil fuels

Clean energy supporters gathered at a State House hearing today urging officials to embrace solar, offshore wind, and energy efficiency, and reject proposals to build new fossil fuel infrastructure. Ben Hellerstein, State Director for Environment Massachusetts, issued the following statement.

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News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Massachusetts ranks 4th for solar installations in 2014, but inaction by state leaders could stall growth

Massachusetts ranked 4th nationwide for the amount of solar energy capacity installed in 2014, according to a new report from the Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center, but leaders warned that the rapid growth of solar energy could stall if state officials fail to lift a cap on Massachusetts’ most important solar program.

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Report | Environment America

Lighting the Way

Solar energy is booming. In just the last three years, America’s solar photovoltaic capacity tripled. In 2014, a third of the United States’ new installed electric capacity came from solar power. And in three states – California, Hawaii, and Arizona – solar power now generates more than 5 percent of total electricity consumption.

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News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Baker administration moves to lift solar caps, but proposal could put the brakes on solar

Responding to growing public pressure to remove limits on solar energy and reduce pollution from the power sector, the Baker administration introduced legislation today to raise the caps on net metering, the state’s most important solar program.

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News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Diverse coalition rallies to lift solar energy caps on the heels of unanimous Mass. Senate vote

One week after the Massachusetts Senate voted unanimously to lift the cap on the state’s most important solar program, a coalition of labor, business, low-income, and environmental organizations rallied at the State House urging state leaders to finish the job.

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