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 and Policy Center

As Paris Climate Talks Kick Off, New Solar Report Shows Newark As Top City Per Capita for Solar in Northeast

New Jersey’s cities rank among national leaders on installed solar capacity, according to an Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center Shining Cities report.  Newark ranks 16th among dozens of metropolitan areas analyzed, the 8th per capita nationally for the amount of solar installed and the top city per capita in the New England and the Mid-Atlantic regions, with 78 watts of installed solar per person in the city.

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Report | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

Shining Cities

America’s major cities have played key roles in the clean energy revolution and stand to reap significant benefits from solar energy adoption. As population hubs, they are home to the largest electricity markets and can have an important influence on the way we power our grid. The report highlights top regional solar cities, which includes Newark, and makes policy recommendations on how cities can expand solar.

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News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

Going Once, Going Twice, Sold!: After Bidding, Off-Shore Wind Energy Areas Sold Off the Jersey Shore to Major Wind Companies

The Department of Interior completed its first ever auction of wind energy areas off the Jersey Shore this afternoon, awarding two wind energy areas representing 344,000 acres off the Jersey Shore for off-shore wind leasing to Res Americas and U.S. Wind Inc. The bidding resulted in 10 bids for the South Lease Area and 8 bids for the North Lease Area, and the final total sale price was nearly $2 million (U.S. Wind Inc. paid just more than $1 million for the North Lease Area, and Res Americas paid $880,000 for the South Lease Area).

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News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

NJ Off-Shore Wind Advocates Urge Obama Administration To Keep Moving Forward on Wind

Offshore wind for New Jersey is closer to reality than it’s ever been before, and the Obama Administration is largely to thank, said environmentalists, public health advocates, and faith leaders today. The groups joined together on a national letter to President Obama and his officials, with more than 275 organizations and more than 40 from New Jersey, urging them to continue their leadership in developing wind power off the Atlantic Coast, including the Jersey Shore.

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News Release | Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center

Tired of Waiting, Feds Move Forward On Off-Shore Wind Leases Off the Jersey Shore

The Department of Interior announced this morning the final notice of sale of leases for close to 344,000 acres off the Jersey Shore for off-shore wind development. The competitive lease sale has been scheduled a month and a half from now on Monday, November 9, and 13 companies have qualified to bid on the two leases for sale. The announcement comes after last summer’s proposed notice of sale and an extensive public comment period and five years after the signing by Gov. Christie of the Off-Shore Wind Economic Development Act.

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