A year ago, the city of Houston announced its climate protection plan and its goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. This year the city has another Earth Day announcement that builds on the CAP.
Mayor Sylvester Turner and the non-profit solar group Solar United Neighbors announced a city-wide solar cooperation on Earth Day – exactly one year since the start of the GAP. For a Houston Plan Implementation Report and a report from the Children’s Institute for Urban Research, click here.
“As we celebrate Earth Day, I am proud to welcome this community-run local solar rooftop initiative and to thank Solar United Neighbors for their strong support for the Houston Climate Action Plan,” Mayor Turner said in one Press release. “I encourage Houstonians to take full advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the benefits of residential solar energy and how to participate. Mass purchase programs like this will help our city meet our energy transition goals and invest in renewable and local investments.” to increase resilient energies. “
SUN is familiar with Houston. As of 2018, the nonprofit has hosted six neighborhood solar collaborations in Spring Branch, Lake Olympia, East Houston, Central Houston, Woodlands, and West Houston. According to SUN, solar collaborations in Texas deliver 569 kW of solar energy, local business investments of $ 1.64 million and more than 18.4 million pounds of carbon offsetting for life.
“The cooperative will enable homeowners and business owners in and around Houston to join the growing community of people who are taking control of their energy bills and improving grid stability by using solar energy,” said Hanna Mitchell, program director, SUN in Texas of publication. “Together we are building a movement to transform our electricity system into a cleaner, fairer and more inclusive system.”
Environmental data from Texas shows that Houston’s installed solar capacity quadrupled from 2018 to 2020 and Houston is the largest municipal user of renewable energy in the US, according to a press release. Additionally, the Houston Permitting Center saw solar panels grow 63 percent from 2019 to 2020.
For more information on the cooperative, please visit SUN’s Houston website. Or register for one of the two information events on Thursday, May 6th, at 6.30 p.m. or Wednesday, May 19, at 12.00 p.m.