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 New Jersey Research & Policy Center

New Report: Solar Energy Benefits Vastly Outweigh Costs

Solar panels provide pollution-free energy that delivers far-reaching benefits to the environment and the electric grid, said a new report released today by Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center. The report outlines how solar panels on homes, schools and businesses often provide more benefits than they receive through programs like net metering from utilities.

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Report | Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center

Shining Rewards

Solar panels provide pollution-free energy that delivers far-reaching benefits to the environment and the electric grid, said a new report by Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center. The report outlines how solar panels on homes, schools and businesses often provide more benefits than they receive through programs like net metering from utilities.

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News Release

PSEG Power Announces Retirement of Last Two Coal-Fired Power Plants in New Jersey

New Brunswick -- PSEG Power announced today it will close the last two coal-fired power plants in New Jersey.

The Hudson Generation Station in Jersey City, and the Mercer Generation Station in Hamilton Township will shut down on June 1, 2017. PSEG noted that these plants are no longer cost-competitive, and that it would be too expensive to update their old technology to meet modern standards.

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News Release | Environment New Jersey

Environment New Jersey Launches Campaign to Get NJ Cities to Go Big on Solar

With solar energy on the rise across New Jersey and the country, Environment New Jersey announced the launch of a push to get cities and local governments to make sizable commitments to capturing the power of the sun. The Shining Cities campaign will engage and mobilize thousands of members, volunteers and the growing ranks of stakeholders who recognize the tremendous environmental and economic benefits to convince local governments to expand their use of pollution-free solar power.   

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News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

Looking Backward: Five Years After Gov. Christie Pulled New Jersey Out Of RGGI, Nine State Program Stronger Than Ever – and New Jersey Left Behind On Climate

Five years ago today, Gov. Chris Christie became the first – and only – Governor to pull out of then 10-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) program. The now nine-state RGGI program was formed amidst the climate inaction of the Bush Administration and is a bipartisan effort to combat global warming pollution from power plants on a regional basis by creating market incentives to reduce carbon pollution. Five years on, Gov. Christie's decision is belied by the program's success.

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