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Pennsylvania tackles a solar problem: How to get more electricity from the sun

Workers from Solar States (from left) Patrick Whittaker, Rida Bouharoun, and Dennis Hajnik, install solar panels on the roof of a home in Bryn Mawr. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Solar energy advocates want to dramatically increase the amount of electricity generated from solar panels in the state. Representatives from the industry, clean energy groups and state officials met Thursday in Pittsburgh to continue work on a plan to get 10 percent of the state’s electricity from solar by 2030. Currently, solar power makes up [...]

What Trump’s tariff on solar panels means for Pennsylvania

Richard Tumushime, an electrician with Pittsburgh-based Energy Independent Solutions, works with a crew to put the finishing touches on wiring a solar panel system at the new Forest Hills Municipal Building.

A solar panel that arrives in the United States from overseas now comes with a higher price tag. President Donald Trump last week imposed a 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels. The move comes at the request of U.S. solar manufacturers, who seek a level playing field amid competition from places like China, where [...]

Tariff could hurt PA solar, but won’t ‘slam the door shut’

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Pennsylvania’s solar industry will feel the effects of the Trump administration’s move to place a tariff on foreign-built solar panels, but it won’t stop solar installations in the state, according to industry experts. American solar manufacturers had requested a tariff because they found it difficult to compete with imported panels, particularly ones built in China [...]

Energy in 2017: Regulatory rollback and environmentalist angst

The priorities set by a new presidential administration dominated energy news in 2017. President Donald Trump and his cabinet set an agenda to “unleash” America’s energy potential, removing the barriers they perceive to be holding back domestic energy production — often to the dismay of the environmental community. Here’s a compilation of the year’s biggest [...]

Q&A: Law change expected to boost Pennsylvania’s solar industry

A recent change to Pennsylvania law is expected to give a boost to the state’s solar industry. On Oct. 30, Governor Tom Wolf signed a bill that will provide more protection for home-grown projects and prevent out-of-state solar power from affecting Pennsylvania’s marketplace for alternative energy. StateImpact Pennsylvania discussed the significance of the change with [...]

Philadelphia plans to cut emissions from city buildings, buy all renewables

Philadelphia officials on Wednesday unveiled a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from buildings, reduce energy use from the built environment and use 100 percent renewable energy to power city properties by 2030. The goals are part of the new Municipal Energy Master Plan, which aims to help the city meet the goals of the [...]

Philadelphia works to bring solar energy costs down to earth

Anthony LoCicero, a 33-year-old structural engineer raised in South Jersey, has been flirting with the idea of installing solar panels on his three-bedroom brick townhouse in South Philadelphia since he bought it, seven years ago. “Something about it just sounds like the right thing to do in general, right?” LoCicero said.  “But it just never [...]

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 [...]

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