Saturday, June 21, 2014

Video - PutSolarOnIt National Day of Action

June 21 is the longest day of the year and in 2014 it is the date for the first National Day of Action known as PutSolarOnIt. On this day there is a social media blitz with organizations across the country staging events and coming together to show their support for solar power.

Solar is not only a clean source of energy it supports economic growth and provides jobs. Thanks in large part to decreasing costs, residential and on-site solar has grown substantially. Solar is increasingly competitive with other sources of energy making it the leading source of new energy generation in 2014. There has been more installed solar energy generation in the US in the last 18 months than in the 30 years prior. There is currently enough installed solar capacity to power more than 2.2 million homes.

Here are some of the events that are taking place today:

Alliance for Climate Education will promote the day of action through its social media network, asking its high school student network to submit creative photos of where they want to “#PutSolarOnIt.”\

Environment AmericaSolar Energy Industry Association, Vote Solar, the League of Conservation Voters and the Solutions Project will promote the event through their social media channels, highlight success stories and interesting facts promoting solar energy as a way to fight climate change. 

Interfaith Power & Light plans on contacting more than 15,000 congregations in more than 40 states to celebrate congregations that have installed solar panels. Interfaith will also hold solar workshops to help congregations that want to install solar energy.

Mosaic will launch a new organizing platform called Mosaic Places that people can use to encourage their favorite places to go solar. Mosaic is known as the first online marketplace in the U.S. to offer solar investments to the public.

Organizing for Action chapters across the country will grassroots day of action events at local solar installations.

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

Solar Foundation is hosting its annual, flagship event from its Washington D.C. rooftop, overlooking the Capitol.

World Wildlife Fund will promote solar power at the Chicago Green Music Festival, which also begins on June 21.
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