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Following the Money 2016: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data

State governments spend hundreds of billions of dollars each year through contracts for goods and services, subsidies to encourage economic development, and other expenditures. Public accountability helps ensure that state funds are spent as wisely as possible. Following the Money 2016 is the seventh annual evaluation of state transparency websites. It finds that states continue to make progress toward comprehensive, one-stop, one-click transparency and accountability for state government spending.

(April 2016)
Shining Cities 2016: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America

Shining Cities: How Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America, the third edition of our series ranking cities by installed solar PV capacity, shows that the cities with thriving solar markets are those with smart policies that make solar energy both accessible and affordable to their residents.

(April 2016)
We Have the Power: 100% Renewable Energy for a Clean, Thriving America

America can address our largest environmental challenges by shifting to 100 percent renewable energy. We Have the Power harnesses the evidence for why a transition to 100 percent renewable energy is both necessary and achievable and highlights the technologies and tools that can get us there.

(March 2016)
Solar Schools for Philadelphia: Clean Air, Green Jobs, and Financial Savings

Solar energy is booming across the country, and with good reason. Solar panels generate emission-free energy, at a price increasingly competitive with electricity generated from dirty fossil fuels. Solar Schools for Philadelphia explains how the city's schools, taxpayers, and environment would benefit from an effort to put solar panels on every Philadelphia school.

(March 2016)
Solar on Superstores: How the Roofs of Big Box Stores Can Help America Shift to Clean Energy

America must take advantage of untapped opportunities to install solar technologies, like using rooftops of large superstores and “big box” retail stores as hosts for clean electricity generation. The roofs of these large stores are perfect locations for solar panels – they are largely flat and vacant and almost always fully exposed to the sun.

(February 2016)