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U.S. EPA Administrator at NEXTracker & Solaria in Fremont to Discuss Climate Action & Paris Agreement

Contact Information: 
Michele Huitric (huitric.michele@epa.gov)

SAN FRANCISCO – On the heels of the historic Paris Agreement signed last week, U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will join leading Silicon Valley clean tech firms on Wednesday to highlight how California businesses are developing innovative solar solutions to mitigate and combat climate change and lead the U.S. transition to a clean energy economy.

During a tour of the solar manufacturing facilities at NEXTracker and Solaria, Administrator McCarthy will learn how they are helping California move forward with its state plan to act on climate and create jobs. More than 2.5 million Americans work in the clean energy field, with about 208,000 people in the solar industry. More than one-third of those solar jobs are in California.

The U.S. has taken historic steps to sharply reduce its emissions under President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, putting the nation on track to meet its 2020 goal of reducing emissions to 17 percent below 2005 levels. Last year, the solar industry added workers at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the overall economy. Global investments in renewable energy hit a world record in 2015 at $286 billion.


Gina McCarthy, U.S. EPA Administrator

Jared Blumenfeld, U.S. EPA Regional Administrator

Dan Shugar, CEO, NEXTracker

Suvi Sharma, CEO, Solaria Corporation

WHEN:          Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

WHERE:        NEXTracker / Solaria, 6200 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont, CA 94555

WHAT:          Press availability and tour of the solar manufacturing facilities.

RSVP:            Credentialed press who would like to attend this event, please e-mail Michele Huitric, Huitric.michele@epa.gov. Sturdy shoes recommended.

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