This week Albuquerque, NM, announced that 25 percent of its city facilities will use solar power by 2025. The announcement came as Environment America expanded the Shining Cities campaign to convince local governments to expand the use of solar power.
“When cities like Albuquerque lead by example on solar, even more will follow,” said Bret Fanshaw, Environment America’s national solar program coordinator. “On the heels of this victory, we know that our Shining Cities campaign can spark a solar revolution in cities and counties across America. We urge local leaders to set ambitious goals for generating solar power and create smart programs to reach those goals.”
In April this year the Environment America Research & Policy Center released its “Shining Cities 2016" report showing that currently the 20 leading solar cities represent just 0.1 percent of U.S. land area, but have for 6 percent of country’s solar photovoltaic capacity. Likewise, other reports are showing the incredible potential cities represent for local solar power generation.
The city’s council unanimously voted to up its use of solar power to 25 percent by 2025, which will be a significant increase from the 3 percent it uses in 2016. The new target is expected to save approximately $3.6 million annually, according to Environment New Mexico, which helped push the city to adopt the ambitious goals.
“I was proud to work with Environment New Mexico to move solar energy forward in the City of Albuquerque,” said Albuquerque City Councilman Pat Davis, a sponsor of the solar resolution. “I hope that other cities follow our lead and re-power the country with clean, renewable energy.”
By the end of 2017 the new campaign hopes to enlist 20 municipalities the effort to significantly expand their use of solar power. It is actively targeting certain cities and counties in a handful of states including Georgia, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington State. The nonprofit advocacy organization said it’s already had victories in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Athens, GA, Austin, Tempe, AZ, and Milwaukie and Lake Oswego both of OR.Tweet