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

Report | Maryland Climate Coalition

Maryland Climate Coalition Announces Mini-Grants

The Maryland Climate Coalition is soliciting submissions for small grants to support climate change work. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to secure some funding to work on this critical issue! 

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News Release | Environment Maryland

Catching the Wind Report

Over 1.5 million acres off the Atlantic coast have been designated for offshore wind power development, enough to produce over 16,000 megawatts of electricity and power more than five million homes, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation and Environment Maryland Research and Policy Center released in partnership with the Maryland Climate Coalition. Catching the Wind: State Actions Needed to Seize the Golden Opportunity of Atlantic Offshore Wind Power” also contains a new analysis showing how the strong, consistent winds offshore can provide power to Maryland right when we need it most - bringing down energy costs and local pollution. 

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Report | Environment Maryland

Catching the Wind

The Atlantic coastline is at the epicenter of America’s energy and environmental challenges, with state leaders currently facing critical decisions to meet the region’s growing energy demands and protect our communities and wildlife from the impacts of climate change. The cities, metropolitan areas, and sprawling suburbs that stretch along the East Coast have a massive, pollution-free energy source ready to meet these challenges –– offshore wind.

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News Release | Environment Maryland

Maryland Charging Ahead toward Electric Cars & Trucks

Maryland joined 7 other states to unveil an action plan to put more than 3 million electric cars on the road within a dozen years.  This partnership between eight leading states outlines steps each will take to build the infrastructure and develop the markets for zero-emission vehicles; including passenger cars, trucks and transit buses.  These eight states are among the 10 states that have adopted strong policies to drive increasingly cleaner, advanced technology cars. Zero-emission vehicles include battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles which can travel increasingly longer distances on electricity alone. These technologies enable transportation without oil.

Travis Madsen, Global Warming Solutions Program Manager for Environment Maryland, issued the following statement applauding the plan:

“Governor Martin O’Malley and the leaders of the seven partner states deserve tremendous credit for taking this step to promote clean, electric cars that will reduce pollution and our dependence on oil.   Thanks to strong policies adopted by Maryland and others, there have been tremendous advances on electric cars, with more than 190,000 now on America’s roads.  The progress we’ve made so far should give us confidence that we can take electric cars to the next level. 

“By adopting consumer incentives and other key policies, the plan released today can help make electric cars as convenient, affordable and widespread as cars currently powered by oil. This is a crucial strategy to protect our children and future generations from the worst impacts of global warming – and it will help protect our health by cleaning up air pollution.

“We applaud the release of today’s Multi-State Action Plan and look forward to working with Governor O’Malley and climate leaders across the country to accelerate the transition to clean, electric vehicles.”

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News Release | Environment Maryland

Maryland Takes Action to Reduce Climate-Altering Carbon Pollution

Annapolis, MD—On January 6th, the State of Maryland finalized improvements to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a pioneering effort to clean up climate-altering carbon pollution from power plants. The new rules, just published in the Maryland Register, will reduce power plant pollution in the region by 15 percent with the decade.

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