Leading scientists, including renowned Stanford University professor Mark Z. Jacobson, make a clear case that it is possible to power society entirely from the wind, water and sun. Cities and towns play a key role in driving the adoption of clean, renewable energy. Yet, most have only begun to tap the potential of these sources. Local governments can set the pace for growth of renewable energy through effective public policy and community engagement, reaping benefits for the environment, public health, grid resilience, residents and businesses.
This web page focuses on solar photovoltaic (PV) energy, the overwhelmingly predominant source of renewable energy in the state. As we gain more experience in wind, both on- and offshore, and hydro, we look forward to including these resources here as well.
Promoting solar energy in your community can have a significant impact by increasing awareness and removing obstacles. There is a wealth of approaches, initiatives, policies and programs available to increase adoption of solar by residents, businesses and municipalities. These include: