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What Trump’s tariff on solar panels means for Pennsylvania

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’

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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