Solar power is expanding rapidly. The United States now has over 53 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed – enough to power 10.1 million homes and 26 times as much capacity as was installed at the end of 2010. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have invested in solar energy and millions more are ready to join them.
The clean car standards are national regulations and incentives for the auto industry designed to reduce pollution from the transportation sector. Since passed in 2012, the standards have saved consumers money, reduced pollution, and spurred innovation.
T h e c l e a n c a r s t a n d a r d s a r e n a t i o n a l r e g u l a t i o n s a n d i n c e n t i v e s f o r t h e a u t oi n d u s t r y d e s i g n e d t o r e d u c e p o l l u t i o n f r o m t h e t r a n s p o r t a t i o n s e c t o r . S i n c ep a s s e d i n 2 0 1 2 , t h e s t a n d a r d s h a v e s a v e d c o n s u m e r s m o n e y , r e d u c e d p o l l u t i o n ,a n d s p u r r e d i n n o v a t i o n .
Over a 21-month period from January 2016 to September 2017, major industrial facilities released pollution that exceeded the levels allowed under their Clean Water Act permits more than 8,100 times. Often, these polluters faced no fines or penalties.
The adoption of large numbers of electric vehicles (EVs) offers many benefits for cities, including cleaner air and the opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Electric vehicles are far cleaner than gasoline-powered cars, with lower greenhouse gas emissions and lower emissions of the pollutants that contribute to smog and particulate matter.