Good morning, and thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak with you today. My name is Elowyn Corby and I'm the Global Warming and Clean Energy Associate of Penn Environment. We're a statewide citizen-based environmental group.
First, I want to thank Councilwoman Reynolds Brown for her leadership in helping to create a vision of Philadelphia as a solar leader. Imagine walking around your neighborhood and seeing solar panels on the roofs of buildings, homes, and offices. Imagine clean energy powering our community and creating clean jobs here at home. That's what this resolution is about.
Philadelphia is the fifth largest city in the United States, and we receive over 200 days of sun each year. Unfortunately, these resources have been vastly underutilized, and the City is still reliant on burning fossil fuels for our energy. This contributes to global warming, harms our health, and pollutes our air and water.
The good news is that Philadelphians are ready to change this, and now is the moment. Nationally, over the last 18 months, more solar has been added -- solar capacity has been added than in the past 30 years combined. We have the technology and the public will, and that's why the goal of 20,000 solar roofs within Philadelphia is both achievable and ambitious.
Last week when this resolution was introduced, I asked our members within the City of Philadelphia to add their names to a petition in support of 20,000 solar roofs by 2025, and one week later I'm honored to show over 850 signatures from Philadelphians who are standing behind this goal. We are ready to unite our community behind the vision for a cleaner future.
I urge City Council to pass this resolution making Philadelphia a solar leader.
Thank you, and I look forward to working closely with all of you to implement policies that will allow Philadelphia to both meet and exceed this goal.