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Philadelphia aims to cash in on solar job boom

On a rooftop in Bryn Mawr, Delaware County, four men are working to install 18 solar panels on top of a four-bedroom house. They wear safety harnesses and helmets, lowering down one solar panel at a time onto metal frames. One is 21-year-old Thomas Glenn. Several years ago, Glenn dropped out of high school and [...]

Pennsylvania launches program promoting solar energy

The state Department of Environmental Protection is moving ahead with a 30-month program to kick-start a major solar energy initiative called Finding Pennsylvania’s Solar Future. Acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell appeared on WITF’s Smart Talk Wednesday to discuss the program, which is funded by $550,000 from the federal Department of Energy. Although less than one percent of [...]

Quaker group says North Philly solar panels could meet PECO power target this year

Solar power advocates are urging southeastern Pennsylvania’s biggest utility to boost its use of solar-generated electricity by buying from potential installations on the rooftops of North Philadelphia. About 40 supporters of the Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) gathered in the lobby of PECO’s Philadelphia headquarters on Wednesday to urge officials to support one of the [...]

Solar advocates decry PUC decision on net metering

Solar energy advocates say a recent decision by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission will stifle alternative energy growth in the state. But the PUC says the decision was a compromise between two conflicting state laws. In Pennsylvania, anyone who puts solar panels on their rooftops can sell extra energy they don’t use back to utilities. [...]

Penn State wins federal grant to develop solar technology in national initiative

Researchers at Penn State University will share $24 million in federal funds to develop new solar panels to capture sunlight more efficiently, contributing to a package of measures to improve energy efficiency and boost the Obama administration’s climate goals, government officials said on Monday. The $2.9 million Penn State project is one of 11 around [...]

Wolf’s budget proposal plus renewed private investment could give solar a boost

Solar energy has taken a back seat to shale gas in Pennsylvania in recent years. But it’s getting renewed attention, thanks in part to a proposal from Governor Tom Wolf and new legislation aimed at funding the lapsed Pennsylvania Sunshine Solar, a rebate program for homeowners and small businesses. Investment from a large solar service [...]

Pennsylvania Lags in Green Energy Ranking

California leads the nation in clean energy according to a new report published by Clean Edge, a market research firm focused on the clean-tech industry. The annual report looks at 70 different factors related to technology, policy and capital investments. Pennsylvania does not even make the top 20, instead it ranks right in the middle [...]

Obama On Two-Day Energy Policy Promo Tour

President Barack Obama embarked on a two-day trip to promote what the White House is calling an “all-of-the-above energy strategy,” combining research, renewables, conservation and, of course, expanding “responsible oil and gas development.” The first stop on his tour will be the largest photovoltaic plant in the country, the Copper Mountain Solar 1 Facility in [...]

The Department of Energy Will Chat Today About Green Power Markets

As the now bankrupt solar panel manufacturer Solyndra plans to auction off its file cabinets and desk chairs, seven other U.S. solar panel manufacturers have filed an unfair trade case against China. The case says the Chinese have used several illegal practices to gain an advantage in the American market, including dumping the panels at [...]

Philadelphia Suburb Takes 3rd Place in Green Power Competition

The affluent Pennsylvania borough of Swarthmore, home to the elite Swarthmore College, has come in third in a nationwide competition to use the most “green power.” Thirty-four communities from across the country competed in the EPA’s year-long challenge. Swarthmore bought 27.9 percent of its electricity from green sources between September 2010, and August 2011. For [...]

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