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 | Environment Minnesota

Lighting the Way

The new report highlights the "Dazzling Dozen" states leading the way in solar energy and what other states can do to promote solar energy based on their successes.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

Minnesota Poised for Huge Growth in Solar Power

The Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center released a new report today entitled Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America's Top 12 Solar States, which highlights the states leading the way in solar energy.  While Minnesota didn't make the Top 12, it did recieve an "honorable mention" for recently passed solar policies that should lead to a dramatic increase in solar over the next few years.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

New Report on Nation's Leading Solar States

Environment Minnesota will be holding a news conference on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 to release a new report highlighting the states leading the way in solar energy.

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Saint Paul gets charged up for electric vehicles with solar-powered EV stations

The increasing popularity of electric vehicles has led the City of Saint Paul to work together with Drive Electric Minnesota to create an EV charging infrastructure.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

Pres. Obama to Unveil Plan to Address Climate Change

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, record drought in many states, and wildfires in Colorado President Obama has announced he will unveil a climate action plan on Tuesday designed to cut the carbon pollution fueling global warming and advance clean energy solutions. Environment Minnesota and many other organizations applauded the announcement.  

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