The Vote Solar Initiative

The Vote Solar Initiative is a non-profit organization with the mission of stopping global warming and increasing energy independence by bringing solar energy into the mainstream.Fighting global warming is the challenge of this century - and our success will hinge on our ability to transition to renewable energy. Solar energy – clean, homegrown and reliable – has the potential to play a large part of the solution. While solar is the fastest growing energy source in the world, we’ve just scratched the surface of its potential. Vote solar is working on the key policies necessary to bring solar to scale. Vote Solar works with state governments to build sustainable solar markets, removing regulatory barriers and laying the necessary groundwork for a solar future. And Vote Solar works with cities to build large – scale and cost effective solar projects, building the economies of scale necessary to bring down costs.
Why Solar?
This country generates 71% of its electricity using fossil fuels, and in the course of doing so, emits 10.3 million tons of sulfur dioxide2, 3.9 million tons of nitrogen oxides, 2.4 billion tons of carbon dioxide , and over 50 tons of mercury a year. These emissions are toxic to human health and constitute a serious public health problem. A recent report by Abt Associates concluded that fine particle emissions from fossil fuel electricity generation kill around 30,000 Americans a year, a rate higher than those killed by drunk driving or homicide3. In addition to the serious human health effects, emissions from fossil fuel electricity generation are the single largest contributor to global warming, responsible for 36% of the country's emissions of carbon dioxide. Global warming is the most significant environmental threat facing the world today, with predicted effects ranging from a dramatic rise in sea levels, inundating many heavily-populated parts of the world; habitat changes that could wipe out entire ecosystems; and increasingly severe weather patterns that are anticipated to cost billions.
Solar's Promise
Successfully combating global warming requires a national transition to renewable energy sources. Solar energy can play a large part of the solution- studies show that with proper leadership; solar PV can generate 80% of the country’s total residential electricity demand by 2020. That’s the equivalent of removing 124 million cars from the road.


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