Imagine 100,000 solar roofs by 2020

It’s the 21st century. We should be less dependent on dirty energy like coal and oil and rely more on clean, renewable sources like solar power. Going solar is the right way to go for our environment: There’s no pollution, it never runs out, it will create thousands of local jobs, and it only gets cheaper over time. What’s not to like?

In fact, we want to see 100,000 new solar roofs in Michigan by 2020, and 250,000 solar roofs by 2030. To accomplish this, we’re working at the local level to help Michigan cities go solar.

Michigan's solar cities

Action on solar energy is often slow at the state and federal level. But luckily, we can jumpstart the transition to clean, homegrown solar power right here at the local level.

Michigan cities have vast solar potential, and we’re working with cities across the state to set smart, ambitious solar goals and establish programs that will put solar on thousands more homes, businesses and public buildings.

Cities such as Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids are leading the charge for solar power with strong solar goals and innovative programs. With your help, cities all over Michigan can go solar.

The fossil fuel industry stands in the way

Unfortunately, some utilities are dragging their feet and standing in the way of more solar. They’ve built their business around the dirty, dangerous fuels of the past, and they’re reluctant to change. That’s why we need you to take action today.

Together, we will see 100,000 solar roofs

To overcome the influence of these polluting utilities and fossil fuel interests, we need to come together in support of solar and convince our mayors and city councils to embrace solar. If enough of us speak out, Michigan cities can go solar and we can put solar on 100,000 roofs across the state. By taking action online, you can tip the balance in favor of clean, renewable solar energy.

Go Solar Michigan issue updates

Report | Environment Michigan

Building A Solar Destination

Ypsilanti can become a “Solar Destination.” By collaborating with local businesses, institutions, and community groups, city leaders can foster a solar future that begins to replace the outdated energy sources of the past, while reducing pollution and building a thriving economy.  To hasten the day when solar energy powers our homes, businesses and even cars, Ypsilanti should adopt a bold and achievable goal of installing 1,000 solar roofs by 2020.

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News Release | Environment Michigan

President Obama, Congress Save Wind Power in Fiscal Cliff Agreement

President Obama will sign into law a bill that extends key tax credits for wind power and averts the 'fiscal cliff.' The main federal incentives for wind power – the renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the offshore wind Investment Tax Credit (ITC) – expired on December 31, 2012, but with today’s new law will now be available for wind power projects that start construction over the next year, allowing for continued growth of Michigan and American wind power.

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News Release | Environment Michigan

Wind Energy in Michigan Prevents as Much Global Warming Pollution as Taking 48,000 Cars Off the Road Each Year

On the day that Governor Snyder delivered a special message on energy and as more Michiganders call for action to tackle global warming in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Environment Michigan released a new Environment Michigan Research & Policy Center report that shows that Michigan’s current power generation from wind energy displaces as much global warming pollution as taking 48,000 cars off the road per year.

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Report | Environment Michigan Research & Policy Center

Wind Power for a Cleaner America

Coal- and natural gas-fired power plants pollute our air, are major contributors to global warming, and consume vast amounts of water—harming our rivers and lakes and leaving less water for other uses. Wind energy has none of these problems. It produces no air pollution, makes no contribution to global warming, and uses no water.

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Report | Environment Michigan

Summer on the Road

As summer approaches, the dangers of our continued dependence on oil are apparent everywhere we look. In 2012, we have already experienced the hottest average temperatures ever recorded through April in the United States. At the same time, increasing evidence is still coming forth of long-lasting harm from the BP oil spill, and other tragic spills have occurred in waterways throughout the country since.

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