Support Solar Energy on June 21 with #PutSolarOnIt National Day of Action

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A coalition of groups comes together to celebrate June 21 as a National Day of Action. #PutSolarOnIt aims to show support for switching to clean energy, fighting climate change, and the power of bringing solar power to communities all across the country.

The longest day of the year will be here before you know it! And this year there’s a new way to celebrate the sun. 

On June 21, the day with the most hours of sun, a coalition of groups is planning to come together for a National Day of Action. Their goal? To show support for switching to clean energy, fighting climate change, and the power of bringing solar power to communities all across the country.

 

Not quite halfway through, 2014 has already been a breakout year for solar. Equipment costs continue to decrease while installations continue to increase. More solar has been installed in the U.S. in the last 18 months than in the previous 30 years, with solar energy the leading source of new electric generation capacity so far this year.

 

According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association, the United States now has enough installed solar capacity to power 3 million homes. In some states, solar power has reached grid parity.

 

Scientists agree that we need to act on climate change. We need solutions, and solar energy is a win-win solution: it can create jobs, bring savings to consumers, and reduce the production of the emissions that cause climate change — among many other benefits.

 

All across America there are opportunities to #PutSolarOnIt — to turn our homes, our churches, our schools, our lands, and our neighborhood rooftops into solutions to climate change.

 

June 21 is a National Day of Action for us all to find a way to #PutSolarOnIt by identifying, supporting, and rallying our social networks to support solar energy, or joining a local event to support a community-based solar installation.

 

#PutSolarOnIt actions include:

 

  • Mosaic will launch a new organizing platform for people to use to take their favorite places solar, Mosaic Places.

  • Organizing for Action chapters across the country will host a national grassroots day of action at local solar installations.

  • Interfaith Power & Light will be reaching out to over 15,000 congregations in over 40 states to celebrate congregations that have installed solar, hold solar workshops to help those congregations that want to install solar, and highlight its many solar success stories.

  • WWF is promoting solar at the Chicago Green Music Festival and promoting PutSolarOnIt to its nationwide membership.

  • Sierra Club is organizing events in multiple states, including solar house parties, press conferences, celebrations of new installations, and resolutions declaring June 21 “Put Solar On It Day.”

  • The Solar Foundation is hosting its annual flagship event on this day on a sunny Washington, DC, rooftop, overlooking the Capitol.

  • Environment America and its state chapters will reach out to their members urging them to PutSolarOnIt in their communities and highlight examples of local, state, and national solar success stories through social media and local events.

  • Alliance for Climate Education will promote the day of action through its social media network and ask its high school student network to submit creative photos of where they want to #PutSolarOnIt.

  • The Climate Reality Project is asking its global network of 6,000 trained Climate Reality Leaders to make community presentations about the global growth of solar on June 21 and engaging its extensive social media network to share photos of where they want to #PutSolarOnIt.

  • The Solar Energy Industries Association and others will promote the day through social media channels.

  • REVERB is promoting the day through its social networks and encouraging its major musician partners to do so as well.

  • The League of Conservation Voters will kick off an educational social media campaign focused on the benefits of solar energy.

  • The Solutions Project will promote the day through its social media and influencer networks, encouraging housewarming (for planet cooling) parties to celebrate neighbors that #PutSolarOnIt.


Some of the most powerful solutions to climate change are coming from locally driven public and private efforts to go solar. On June 21, the #PutSolarOnIt coalition will get America involved in helping to become a part of the solar revolution sweeping the country.