Solar company Mosaic is kicking off 2014 with a New Years Resolution campaign to “Put Solar On It.” People around the world can pledge online at PutSolarOnIt.com to put solar on a local home, school, place of worship, business, or other property. Then throughout 2014, Mosaic will provide people with the tools and network they need to make their pledge a reality.
Academy Award nominee, Mark Ruffalo has signed on to lead the campaign. Ruffalo has pledged to put solar on his childrens’ school, Stephen Gaynor Elementary, in Manhattan. Make It Right, a nonprofit organization that is helping families in New Orleans affected by Hurricane Katrina rebuild, has pledged to put solar on a home for a family living in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward. Other pledges have come in from individuals across the nation, including from Atlanta, GA. Boston, MA, Charlotte, NC, Maui, HI, Pittsburgh, PA, Santa Fe, NM, and Woodbury, MN.
“I’m helping put solar on my kids’ school to save the school money and free up resources that will be aimed at their education instead of fossil fuels,” said Mark Ruffalo. “We can also demonstrate the shining future that is now within our grasp. I love that Mosaic is making it possible for all people to participate in an economy meant for all — the solar economy. We are powerful.”
The “Put Solar On It” resolution is part of significant national momentum. In 2013, a solar installation was installed every four minutes throughout the U.S. and the price of a solar dropped to 60 percent of 2011 prices, according to the U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association and Greentech Media Research. The nation installed more clean energy than coal, oil, and nuclear combined, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. According to the Solar Foundation and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the solar industry is creating jobs at four times the rate of the economy at large. Continue reading