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    Thursday, December 24, 2015

    CITIES GOING SOLAR

    Look for More Sun-Powered Cities in 2016

    Rachel A. DiFranco, December 23, 2015 (Next City)

    “…[The COP21] agreement represents unprecedented commitment at an international scale to keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius…With cities responsible for more than 70 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, it is our obligation to take action at the local level…[M]ore than 100 U.S. cities are participating in this public commitment…Solar energy can significantly reduce the greenhouse gas footprint of the built environment…[and the] cost of installing solar in the United States has dropped 50 percent since 2009…The federal government also offers a [30%] Residential Renewable Energy and a Business Energy Investment tax credit…[232 agencies are now on the Solar Roadmap Leaderboard…[Cities can] turn these lofty global commitments into local actions [with solar outreach and educational activities, residential and commercial solar incentive programs, solar-friendly practices and policies, and the procurement of solar for their own facilities.” click here for more

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