San Francisco, CA - The Sierra Club will join solar installers, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, and community groups across the country in celebrating national #PutSolarOnIt Day, on Saturday, June 21st, the longest day of the year. Grassroots activists will highlight rooftop solar as a source of clean energy and jobs in their communities, and they’ll call for even more homes, businesses, and public buildings to “put solar on it.”
“Rooftop solar has grown into a thriving industry that provides cost-effective, local clean energy for hundreds of thousands of homeowners and businesses across the country,” said Jodie Van Horn, Director of Strategic Relations for the Sierra Club. “Today, California has more solar workers than actors, New York state has more solar installations than New York City has taxicabs, and thousands of families from Georgia to Arizona are choosing to put rooftop solar on their homes and businesses. We see the potential for jobs and clean energy on the rooftops all around us, and it’s time to put solar on it.”
The U.S. solar industry employed 142,000 workers in 2013, 50% more than in 2010, with the rapid growth of the rooftop solar industry being a major driver in the demand for installers, electricians, and engineers. New financing models have made it possible for businesses and homeowners to install rooftop solar panels with little or no upfront cost, and the declining costs of solar technology have made it increasingly competitive. Despite this growth, more than 99% of viable rooftops have yet to go solar.
“Rooftop solar is growing quickly, and there is still so much potential remaining,” Van Horn said. “We see all the jobs, savings, and clean energy that come with rooftop solar, and we want to fulfill that potential.”
On June 21, Sierra Club members will amplify the message of “Put Solar On It” through social media and the following events:
Hawaii. The Hawaii Chapter of the Sierra Club will call for increased energy independence with Organizing for America and the Surfriders Foundation at a local hospital in Honolulu, which has announced that it is installing a rooftop solar system that will save them $100,000 a year.
Tennessee. The Tennessee Sierra Club will be hosting several events across the state. In Nashville, the Sierra Club, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, and Tennessee Solar Energy Industries Association, along with the Tennessee Valley Authority and other solar power supporters, will celebrate a solar panel installation project at two Goodwill corporate office buildings near downtown. In Knoxville, the Sierra Club will celebrate a new solar installation at Three Rivers Market, and in Chattanooga, they will help dedicate a new installation at the Unitarian Church of Chattanooga. In Cookeville, Sierra Club members will join a solar house party to learn how they can get solar panels installed on their own homes.
California. The Sierra Club’s My Generation campaign is hosting a social media photo contest for Southern California members who support solar power.
Washington, D.C. The D.C. Chapter of the Sierra Club will be hosting a solar picnic to celebrate Put Solar On It Day, and they’ll be promoting Washington’s recently-enacted Community Renewables Energy Act that allows renters, tenants, and others who lack access to share solar power.