Record development of domestic oil, natural gas, solar, and wind power means America can be energy independent and energy rich again. New technology, private investment, and smart public policies are helping us make it happen now. Congress needs to maintain proven long-term policies that encourage more energy development of all types, including solar power, which enjoys bipartisan voter support.
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WASHINGTON, DC - A new study released today by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center finds that investing in a 5 kilowatt solar system can be a better deal than investing in a stock market index fund in 46 of America’s 50 largest cities.
The Executive Summary from the report:
Business leaders in America’s brightest, most competitive companies are increasingly choosing to install solar energy systems at their facilities. For the third year in a row, not only are more businesses choosing solar, but those that have used solar in the past are doing so again and again on rooftops across America. Walmart, Kohl’s, Costco, Apple, IKEA and more have all embraced solar energy. Collectively, the 25 companies with the most solar capacity in the U.S. now have 1,110 systems totaling 569 megawatts (MW), generating enough electricity to power more than 115,000 homes.
179 million people in 33 states and Puerto Rico live within 20 miles of at least one of the 1,110 commercial solar installations that were analyzed in the Solar Means Business report. Expore photos of the installations at corporate retail sites, factories and data centers