In response to the announcement of today’s White House initiative to expand the use of solar energy, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released the following statement from Keya Chatterjee, director of renewable energy outreach:
“The fact that the President is willing to use the full power of his office to push for more solar energy shows how important renewable energy is to tackling climate change. By ramping up initiatives spread across several agencies, the President is making it easier for US businesses and cities to get access to the funds and expertise needed to bring solar power generation to new levels.
“US cities are on the frontlines battling climate change. The initiative smartly doubles the use of onsite renewables through EPA’s Green Power Partnership and helps local leaders cut the upfront cost of solar installations through the Energy Department’s Solar Market Pathways program. Programs like these are going to help US cities reduce their emissions and better prepare local residents for the impacts of climate change.
“Solar is now having its moment in the sun. The price has dropped 80 percent since 2008 and the technology is tried and true. The President knows its benefits. US businesses know its benefits. Now, thanks to today’s initiative, more Americans will be able experience its benefits as well.”