I’ve been working with solar energy for a year and a half with RE-volv, a nonprofit organization that helps other nonprofits and co-ops go solar. When I tell people what I do for a living, it’s always a conversation starter. From California to New Jersey to Ohio to Alabama, I’ve encountered a lot of excitement around solar.
There’s good reason for that excitement: 2015 was the industry’s biggest year ever, reaching enough solar capacity to power more than 5 million homes, and GTM Research is forecasting that the market will more than double in 2016. Congress extended the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar projects. And the solar industry added 35,000 jobs in 2015, adding jobs twelve times faster than the rest of the economy, and more than the oil and gas industries combined.
Despite all this, solar only accounts for a small percentage of total U.S. electricity generation. As the conversations get going with friends, family, and pretty much everyone I meet, it’s clear that people are excited about solar. But it’s also clear that people don’t know enough about it to get the U.S. to 100% renewable power at the pace we need to arrest climate change.
To address this, RE-volv and Sierra Student Coalition are joining forces to organize Solar Education Week 2016, February 21-27, part of a national movement to spread the good news about solar energy to communities across the country. From coast to coast, community members, along with high school and college students, will host solar education events sparking a coordinated national conversation about access to solar energy.
Access to solar power is critical for a just and equitable transition to 100% clean energy. You can join Solar Education Week to share the good news and increase demand for more solar in your community by attending or signing up to host a Solar Education Week event, or by spreading the good news about solar with the hashtags #SolarEdWeek and #SeizetheGrid.
You can take action to bring the 100% renewable powered future even closer.
Change starts with people. The more people learn about solar, and the more people learn to love solar, the more we can build clean energy to create safer, healthier, and more sustainable communities.
For more information on Solar Education Week and to sign up to host an event click here. Follow the conversation online using #solaredweek and #seizethegrid.
RE-volv is a 501c3 nonprofit based in San Francisco that empowers people to accelerate the transition to clean energy by crowdfunding solar projects for community centers. RE-volv then uses savings from one solar project to pay for the next, creating a pay-it-forward model for community solar. RE-volv is launching an online crowdfunding platform that will serve as a hub for its community-based solar projects around the country. www.re-volv.org
The Sierra Student Coalition (SSC) is a broad network of high school and college-aged youth from across the country working for environmental, climate, and social justice. Through their Seize the Grid Campaign, young people across the country will create the demand and the vision for local clean energy opportunities that work for their campuses, their communities, and their states. www.sierraclub.org/youth