The cities that set higher goals, ensure homeowners receive a fair price for the solar energy they supply to the grid, make installing panels hassle-free, and provide attractive financing options are generating more solar than similar cities.
That's why we're doing the research, educating decision-makers, and showing the public how their cities can lead on solar.
- At the urging of our network, a bipartisan group of 180 U.S. mayors representing cities in 42 states resolved to make solar power a key element of their communities’ energy plans.
- We released our tool kit, “Ten ways your city can go solar,” to show citizens the steps their cities can take to tap into the virtually unlimited potential of the sun.
- Our report, "Shining Cities 2018," found that solar energy is more popular than ever, with enough capacity installed to power 10.1 million American homes. It also ranked the top 20 U.S. cities for total installed solar capacity, with Los Angeles coming in at No. 1.
Even as we make the case for solar on environmental grounds, we’re bringing together a broad coalition that can offer a variety of reasons to persuade local officials to act — from “Green Tea Party” activists in Georgia who want “energy freedom” to solar installers in Arizona who want green jobs, from low-income communities in Massachusetts who want cleaner air to business owners in Colorado who want to power their breweries and cafes with solar.
Yet with a president and Congress who range from hostile to indifferent in their attitudes toward solar power, it’s more important than ever that we act locally on solar.