As Mayor of Glenarden, I have also signed this letter with several Mayors, from large and small towns and cities. The letter starts off like this…
We, the undersigned U.S. Mayors and local officials, resolve to make solar energy a key element of our communities’ energy plans.
Accelerating the growth of solar will reduce pollution while revitalizing our communities by creating jobs and keeping energy dollars in our local economies. Expanding solar power helps residents and businesses benefit from lower energy costs while providing more local control of energy and improving our communities’ resilience.
Boston, Mass. — A bipartisan group of 252 U.S. mayors, representing every state and one territory, released a letter today through Environment America Research and Policy Center backing the use of solar energy. Elected officials who signed on resolved “to make solar energy a key element of our communities’ energy plans,” according to the letter.
The diverse group of Mayors for Solar Energy cited a number of different solar energy advantages in explaining their commitment to this cause. For example, elected officials in coastal cities like Fort Lauderdale, Fla., which has seen extreme weather and flooding in recent years, understand the vital role emissions-free renewable energy plays in combating global warming.
“As a climate Mayor, I recognize the City of Fort Lauderdale has to do more than just adapt to sea-level rise,” said Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis, who was one of 21 mayors from Florida to sign on to the letter. “We have to proactively address the root cause of climate change by reducing our carbon footprint. Solar energy is an important part of that equation — and for good reason. Fort Lauderdale is located in the Sunshine State where we are blessed with 246 sunny days each year. This makes our city a natural location to capitalize on the value of solar energy.”