Earth Day is just a spin away and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) observed that the U.S. has hit a big milestone—1 million solar installations across the country. It’s launched a new social media campaign Million Solar Strong to recognize and celebrate the achievement.
“Solar is no longer a fringe technology, nor is it a solution for the future,” SEIA said in its campaign. “It is powering homes and businesses nationwide today, and the more solar we install, the more jobs and economic growth we support.”
“Solar is being deployed by rural and urban communities in all 50 states, from churches in low-income communities, to homes in neighborhoods across the socioeconomic spectrum, to large and small businesses everywhere. By 2020, solar will quadruple in size to nearly 100 GW of total capacity,” SEIA added. At the end of 2015, the organization reported the U.S. had more than 25 gigawatts of solar installed.
The advocacy organization also launched the campaign ahead of the Netflix Earth Day premier of “Catching the Sun,” a documentary about solar power. “It should provide motivation for anyone who appreciates the jobs, economic activity and clean energy that solar is bringing to our nation,” SEIA said.
“While it took us 40 years to reach this mark, it will take us just two more years to hit 2 million! #MillionSolarStrong is not just a celebration of where we've been, but also where are going as a force in America's energy mix,” SEIA said.
The Million Solar Strong campaign will culminate with a social media thunderclap on May 3rd when SEIA will hold in-person events in Washington, D.C., and around the country. “We are hoping to build serious buzz on social and traditional media, spreading the positive message of solar energy across the country. We want to make sure solar is trending,” SEIA said. People can sign up for the Thunderclap now and it will post messages on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr feeds at 10 am on May 3.
The organization also is asking people to sign a public declaration in support of solar power. “The goal is to show the media, policy makers and the public that groups across ideological and socioeconomic lines recognize the contribution solar is making in the United States,” SEIA explained. “We want to make this a visual event,” it added.Tweet