With local municipalities playing an increasingly important role in the clean energy revolution, Environment America Research and Policy Center released a new toolkit to support
cities and towns nationwide in capturing more clean
renewable energy from the sun. Ten Ways Your Community Can Go Solar offers practical ways to take advantage of
millions of available rooftops across the country.
“If we’re going to forestall catastrophic climate change and protect our cities and towns from the effects of extreme weather, there’s nothing better than clean, locally harvested renewable power,” said Susan Rakov, chair of Environment America Research and Policy Center’s Clean
Energy Program. “Rooftop solar can make communities cleaner, safer and more self-reliant.
Cities and towns need to put the pieces in place to help this technology thrive.” Read more here.
Links to Solar Energy Incentives & Additional Resources
Federal Investment Tax Credit for solar systems: 30% to December 31, 2019.
Source: Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)
Additionally, LES customers may qualify for a one-time capacity payment of up to $1,000 per kilowatt of peak demand reduced. The total amount customers can receive is determined by the system size and primary direction the system is facing, for example:
Southern facing fixed-photovoltaic solar – the unit’s nameplate DC capacity (kW) x $375.
Western facing or single or dualaxis tracking fixed-photovoltaic solar – the unit’s nameplate DC capacity (kW) x $475.
Environment America hosts this online platform to highlight a range of voices from across the country who share the nonprofit organization’s goal of shifting to 100% renewable energy. One voice for 100% renewable energy: Dorothy Barnett, Executive Director of the Climate &
Energy Project, Kansas.
“Kansas has a rich wind resource and in just over ten years, we are already generating nearly 40% of our electricity from wind power. This $10-billion-dollar capital investment has created jobs and spurred economic revitalization in rural communities.
As the recognized leader of energy and climate policy in Kansas, the Climate + Energy Project promotes a more equitable and just transition to a clean energy future. In order to meet a 100% renewable energy goal, continued growth in wind and solar, investments in energy efficiency
programs to mitigate rising electric rates and a commitment to grow the use distributed energy resources will be imperative for a healthy and resilient Kansas and the nation.” Voices for 100% Renewable Energy
ADDITIONAL ENVIRONMENT AMERICA CAMPAIGNS & RESOURCES
Environment America’s priorities are working to urge campuses, cities and states to lead the way to 100%
renewable power, go big on solar, and harness the abundant wind power off the Atlantic coast.
Environment America’s 100% Renewable campaign is focused on three arenas: college and university
campuses, cities and states, and Congress.
Solar Homes Report by the Environment Maine Research and Policy Center Installing solar panels on all new homes would accelerate the growth of solar energy capacity. Installing solar panels on all new homes built from 2020 to 2026 would result in more solar energy capacity than the entire U.S. currently has installed. By 2045, installations on new homes would total 203 GW – 3.5 times as much solar capacity as the nation currently has installed. (Details on sources and methods for estimates can be found in the Methodology).
Learn more about Environment America’s Clean, Green & Renewable Energy campaigns here.
BOSTON — Environment America, along with students across the country, will launch 50 campaigns in 15 states this year, imploring colleges and universities to generate 100 percent of their energy from renewable sources. The nationwide initiative will include educational forums, petition drives and direct engagement with administration officials to press for 100 percent renewable energy on campuses. In support of these efforts, more than 950 faculty and campus leaders have signed a statement calling for higher education administrators to make a clear commitment to achieve 100 percent renewable energy for all operations. Read more here.
In the wake of Environment California’s successful campaign to commit the Golden State to 100 percent clean electricity generation by 2045, Environment America is launching a multi-year campaign to convince governors and legislators in other states to set similar goals to transition to clean energy. Environment America, a national network of state environmental groups, announced it will push bills promoting 100 percent clean energy in at least nine states: Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico and Washington. Read more here.
The US Underwent a Quiet Clean Energy Revolution Last Year, World Resources Institute. The public perception of U.S. clean energy has undergone a major shift. In a recent survey, 70 percent of respondents said America should produce 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources; more than half thought renewables were a good idea even if they raise energy bills.
More than 200 mayors representing cities in every U.S. state have signed on to Environment America Research & Policy Center’s “Mayors for Solar Energy” letter, embracing a collective vision for solar-powered communities. Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning is one of two representing Nebraska, along with Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler . . . The number of signatures on the Mayors for Solar Energy letter has more than tripled since December 2017, and Environment America Research and Policy Center expects that number will continue to grow. Learn more here.
Previously Posted NPPD News Release: NPPD, Norfolk seeking grant for battery energy storage project. Funding for battery energy storage system (BESS) demonstration project is being sought by the Nebraska Public Power District and the City of Norfolk that would be tied to a proposed community solar project planned for that community in 2019.
Today, renewable energy is taking off in virtually every state in the nation. A new report and interactive map released this week by Environment America takes stock of U.S. clean energy progress to date. It finds that leadership is no longer concentrated in select parts of the country, but that it is distributed across states with varying economic and democratic makeups. “You’re seeing an evolution that’s happening everywhere; and it will be interesting to see what will happen 10 years from now,” [Rob Sargent, energy program leader at Environment America] said. The “Renewables on the Rise” report highlights how much has changed in a relatively short period of time, which can be easy to forget.
BOSTON, MA — Environment America and the Student PIRGs released a letter urging the higher education community to lead America’s transition to using clean, renewable energy sources. Thousands of students from across the country have also voiced their support for their campus to make a commitment to a clean energy transition. Environment America and the Student PIRGs are working with students on more than 65 campuses in 19 states, from coast to coast, to show broad support for 100 percent clean, renewable energy generation. More than 800 students have already participated in the campaign this semester. Continue reading here.
Report published by the Environment America Research and Policy Center
A review of 16 recent analyses shows that individuals and businesses that decide to “go solar” generally deliver greater benefits to the grid and society than they receive through net metering. Decision-makers should recognize the great value delivered by distributed solar energy by preserving and expanding access to net metering and other programs that ensure fair compensation to Americans who install solar energy.
Read the executive summary and download the full report here.
Albuquerque, NM – On the heels of a major solar energy victory in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Environment America today announced the launch of a nationwide campaign to convince cities and local governments to generate much more of their power from the sun. The “Shining Cities” campaign will engage and mobilize thousands of Environment America members, volunteers and supporters to convince local governments to expand the use of pollution-free solar power.
This week, the campaign won a major victory in Albuquerque, where the city council unanimously voted to generate 25 percent of electricity used by city facilities from solar power by 2025. Environment New Mexico, the state organization driving the campaign, successfully mobilized constituents to make the case for the tremendous environmental and economic benefits of locally-generated clean energy. Read the entire News Release.
Environment America is a national federation of statewide, citizen-based advocacy organizations working for a cleaner, greener, healthier future.
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New report released today by the Environment America Research and Policy Center By Elizabeth Ouzts and Rob Sargent
News Release Excerpt BOSTON, MA – Homes and businesses with solar panels deliver more benefits than they receive through programs like net metering, a report said today, countering increasing complaints from utilities that solar homeowners don’t pay their fair share.
“While some utilities claim they’re subsidizing solar panel owners, our report shows the opposite is probably true,” said Rob Sargent, senior program director at Environment America and the report’s co-author. “If anything, utilities should be paying people who go solar more, not less.”