Solar Energy is cornerstone to Success! The Clean Power Plan will rely on the installation of thousands of megawatts (MW) of new solar power systems, in addition to the 50,000 MW of solar projected to be operating by 2020.
What the plan does:
The Clean Power Plan is the first ever U.S. standards designed to reduce carbon pollution from power plants, the nation’s largest source of CO2, while maintaining energy reliability and affordability. Today, electric power generation is responsible for nearly 40 percent of U.S. CO2 emissions.
It will cut down on pollutants that cause serious health problems for thousands of Americans every year. The American Lung Association strongly supports the new standards, stating that if reduction goals are met by 2030, it would prevent up to 3,600 premature deaths, 90,000 asthma attacks and 300,000 sick days at work and school.
It lays the groundwork for a long-term successful strategy to tackle climate change.
Why it matters:
In 2009, the U.S. EPA determined that greenhouse gas pollution leads to long-lasting climate changes, threatening our health and welfare. Carbon dioxide is the most prevalent greenhouse gas pollutant, accounting for nearly three-quarters of global greenhouse gas emissions and 82 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
Climate change is one of the greatest threats to environmental and public health – from causing mega storms to drought, wild fires, higher food prices and more severe allergy seasons. The most vulnerable among us – children, older adults, people with heart or lung disease and those living in poverty – may be most at risk from the impacts of climate change.
The role solar plays: The Clean Power Plan lets states decide how they’ll reach the new compliance goals. Solar is a clean, renewable, reliable source of energy that offers states a cost-effective, ready-to-deploy solution to reducing carbon emissions.
Utilities across the country have already embraced solar, and now they have a reason to accelerate their efforts.
The Clean Power Plan with residential solar panels marks one of those moments in history that will be remembered by generations to come as a turning point in how America is powered – a massive shift from relying on fossil fuels to embracing solar and other renewables.
Clean air isn’t something that we can take for granted. It’s something that requires bold action to protect. The Clean Power Plan is a great step forward in addressing the challenge of climate pollution.