A bipartisan group of 180 U.S. mayors, including Helena West-Helena Mayor Jay Hollowell, representing 42 states including Arkansas, are speaking out in support of solar energy.

In a letter released by Environment America, the mayors resolve to make solar power a key element of their communities' energy plans and call on others to embrace clean energy from the sun. “Cities across the country, including Southern cities, should take steps to switch to solar energy,” said Emma Searson with Environment America. “By tapping into the power of the sun, cities can benefit from cleaner air and improved public health, while simultaneously tackling climate change.”

At a time when federal support of clean energy seems unlikely, local governments have an important role in transitioning the United States toward renewable energy for the future. Earlier this month, Environment America released a new guide for local officials: Ten Ways Your City Can Go Solar (https://environmentamerica.org/feature/ame/ten-ways-your-city-can-go-solar). Environment America is the national federation of statewide, citizen-based advocacy organizations working for a cleaner, greener, healthier future.