Clinton has pledged to install more than half a billion solar panels within four years of taking office

Clinton pledges half a billion solar panels in first term

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has pledged to generate enough renewable energy to power every US home within a decade after she takes office.

The front-runner for the Democrat 2016 presidential nomination called for the country to shift from fossil fuels to energy sources such as solar and wind, while promising to have more than half a billion solar panels installed nationwide within her first four year term if she wins.

Clinton’s campaign said the goals would lead to a 700 per cent increase in the nation's installed solar capacity from current levels, and eventually could lead to the generation of at least one third of all electricity from renewable sources.

"I want more wind, more solar, more advanced biofuels, more energy efficiency," Clinton said at a rally on Sunday in Ames, Iowa. "And I've got to tell you, people who argue against this are just not paying attention."

The two goals were announced in a video on Sunday night and, speaking in Ames, Clinton also said she would continue the wind production tax credit and recalibrate other tax incentives that are "too heavily weighted ... toward fossil fuels."

Clinton said the first two goals were the first elements of a comprehensive climate-change agenda she plans to release over the next few months as she faces pressure from Democratic nomination rival Senator Bernie Sanders who is courting the green vote and environmental activists.

She also said she would fight efforts to roll back President Barack Obama's executive actions to curb carbon emissions from power plants adding that together the actions could build a "clean energy economy" that would bolster growth. "If we start addressing it, we're going to actually be creating jobs and new businesses," she said.

Clinton will discuss the proposals later today at an energy-efficient transit station in Iowa, the state that kicks off the 2016 presidential nominating race and is a leading wind energy producer.

She praised Iowa for promoting wind energy and advanced biofuels and for establishing state tax rebates for installing solar panels in homes and businesses, but she criticised Republicans who are reluctant to say climate change is a man-made phenomenon.

"They will answer any question about climate change by saying: 'I'm not a scientist.' Well, I'm not a scientist either. I'm just a grandmother with two eyes and a brain and I know we're facing a huge problem," she said.

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