Environment Colorado Research and Policy Center released a 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 and in Colorado.
Ten Ways Your Community Can Go Solar details how cities like Alamosa can lead by example, expand access, remove obstacles and work with other institutions to harness solar energy.
The toolkit builds on efforts presently underway at Environment Colorado Research and Policy Center. As part of its Go Solar campaign, the organization is identifying and assisting cities in thinking bigger with bold renewable energy commitments and smart policies and programs to tap the sun for more power. The campaign also includes the Mayors for Solar Energy letter, a bipartisan statement signed by 235 mayors to date representing cities in all 50 states and 10 in Colorado. Together, these leaders are calling for more solar energy to power American communities.
Municipalities across the state and country are already showing the viability of going solar. In 2017, 20 U.S. cities produced more solar energy than the entire nation did in 2010. Research has shown that good policy is even more important for solar success than the availability of sunshine. And, effective public policies that help electric providers, businesses and residents access more solar energy can set leading cities apart from the rest.
Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center is a 501(c)(3) organization. It is dedicated to protecting air, water and open spaces. It investigates problems, craft solutions, educate the public and decision-makers, and helps the public make their voices heard in local, state and national debates over the quality of environment.