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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 [...]

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 [...]

Solar Rebate Program On Its Way Out The Door

A solar rebate program that has provided millions of dollars in subsidies to Pennsylvania consumers is ending, and alternative energy advocates are worried.  The AP has more: The Pennsylvania Sunshine program, passed in 2008, provided $100 million in solar rebates to homeowners and businesses to install such systems. That led to a boom, but the [...]

Solyndra Was In The Running For Navy Contract

Solyndra, the bankrupt solar energy company that may cost taxpayers a half-billion dollars, was close to securing a Navy contract before its bottom fell out. The latest development comes from the Wall Street Journal: A major investor in Solyndra LLC was instrumental in helping the troubled solar-power firm compete for a potentially lucrative U.S. Navy [...]

A Third Of The Way Through Its Timeline, Alternative Energy Portfolio Delivers Results

The bankruptcy of federally-backed California solar company Solyndra has soured many politicians on the idea of propping up the green energy sector with government support. But here in Pennsylvania, both Democrats and Republicans agree a plan to boost the commonwealth’s alternative energy consumption is working well. StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Scott Detrow has an update on the [...]

New Dauphin County Solar Farm

We’ll have more on Governor Corbett’s new impact fee later today. But meantime, in other environmental news, there’s a new solar farm in Dauphin County. The Dauphin County commissioners Monday unveiled the county’s new 1-megawatt solar farm. The farm, one of the largest municipal-owned solar-generation fields in Pennsylvania, is on 5 acres of municipal-owned land [...]

Carbon County School District Re-Thinking Solar

Carbon County’s Panther Valley School District is tabling a $4 million solar power initiative – for now. The Times News has more: The sun set Thursday on a $4 million plan to install solar cells at the Panther Valley High School campus. But the proposal may rise again: All seven school directors attending the public [...]

Tempers Flare on Capitol Hill Over Silence of Solar Execs

Solyndra executives remained mum on Capitol Hill today, despite efforts by Congress to get them to explain how they went bankrupt after receiving more than $500 million dollars in taxpayer funds from the Department of Energy. ABC News reports that Pennsylvania Republican Tim Murphy, from Pittsburgh, became frustrated by the silence of Solyndra CEO Brian [...]

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