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Shining Cities 2017

Solar power grew at a record-breaking pace in 2016. The United States now has 42 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy capacity, enough to power 8.3 million homes and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 52.3 million metric tons annually.1 Hundreds of thousands of Americans, especially in our cities, have invested in their own solar panels or solar projects in their communities and millions more are ready to join them.

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Blocking the Sun

Solar power is clean, affordable and popular with the American people. The amount of solar energy installed in the U.S. has quadrupled in the last four years, and the U.S. has enough solar energy installed to power one in 20 American homes.

America’s solar progress is largely the result of bold, forward-thinking public policies that have created a strong solar industry while putting solar energy within the financial reach of millions more Americans.

Behind the scenes, however, electric utilities, fossil fuel interests and powerful industry front groups have begun chipping away at the key policies that have put solar energy on the map in the United States – often in the face of strong objections from a supportive public. 

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New Study Uncovers Systemic Attacks Against State Solar Programs

With solar power on the rise around the country, a national network of fossil fuel and utility-backed organizations have joined forces to put the brakes on this fast-growing pollution-free energy resource. 

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STATEMENT BY PENNENVIRONMENT’S ZOE CINA-SKLAR ON PHILADELPHIA CITY COUNCIL’S SOLAR SCHOOL HEARING

In response to today’s solar school hearing, PennEnvironment Campaign Organizer Zoë Cina-Sklar released the following statement:

 

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Solar Schools for Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s public schools could cover nearly 40 percent of their energy needs by installing solar panels on their 100 acres of usable rooftop space. “Going solar” would save taxpayers tens of millions of dollars on electricity bills for school buildings, while creating local jobs, offering educational and training opportunities for city students and reducing pollution.

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PennEnvironment Shows Governor Wolf Valentine’s Day Love for Climate Action

On Friday afternoon, PennEnvironment volunteers delivered a collage of hundreds of photo petition valentines to directors of Governor Wolf’s regional offices asking him “to be Pennsylvania’s climate sweetheart.”

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Ten Priorities for a Green National Budget

Tomorrow (Tuesday, February 9), the Obama administration will present its last budget to Congress. The first iteration of the must-pass federal budget will be one of the final opportunities the president has to shape his legacy for our air, water, our lands, and our climate.  Together with our national federation at Environment America, we’re calling on the president to include the following ten priorities his budget to help ensure a greener, cleaner, healthier future for Pennsylvania, the country, and the planet.

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Philadelphia trails other cities on solar power

Philadelphia trails dozens of major American cities in solar power, ranking 26th for installed solar capacity in the nation and 41st for per capita solar power, according to a new analysis from the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center.

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Shining Cities

The use of solar power is expanding rapidly across the United States. By the end of 2014, the United States had 20,500 megawatts (MW) of cumulative solar electric capacity, enough to power four million average U.S. homes. This success is the outcome of federal, state and local programs that are working in concert to make solar power accessible to more Americans, thereby cleaning our air, protecting our health, and hedging against volatile electricity prices.

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Environmental groups endorse Jim Kenney for Philadelphia Mayor

Clean Water Action, Conservation Voters of PA, PennEnvironment, and the Sierra Club endorsed Jim Kenney for mayor in the Democratic primary.  Together, these four groups represent more than 120,000 members and supporters in Philadelphia – individuals committed to a cleaner environment and prepared to vote for pro-environment candidates.