U.S. farmers are embracing an alternative means of turning sunlight into revenue during a sharp downturn in crop prices: solar power.READ MORE
In an excellent new report, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) finds that an increased alternative energy portfolio standard combined with CO2 limits would have significant benefits for Pennsylvania.READ MORE
Why is increasing our use of solar energy so important? Because it's a key way to reduce the carbon emissions of our electricity sector. Climate change is already causing significant impacts in hotspots around the U.S., as shown in a Washington Post interactive feature.READ MORE
Lightsource BP's 70MW solar project is coming online in mid-2020, Glidepath's Carl Jackson, who also serves as director of utility-scale solar initiatives at Penn State, that more and larger solar installations in Pennsylvania will follow.READ MORE
Pennsylvania policy supporting solar energy would help the Commonwealth catch up with other states and would improve Pennsylvania farmers' long-term economic prospects as well.READ MORE
Attendees at a clean energy expo at Penn State Brandywine learned about Pennsylvania Senate Bill 630, the Renewable Energy Bill. It and its identical version in the State House, HB1425, would require Pennsylvania to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.READ MORE
Solar energy sites can be planted and managed to provide valuable bee and pollinator habitats. This improves the productivity of the farms all around the solar farm, and helps keep farmers on their land.READ MORE
A new report commissioned by Community Energy, Inc. finds that transitioning 10 percent of Pennsylvania’s electric generation to solar would decrease the state’s wholesale electric costs by $619 million annually, while costing less than half that amount to make the transition, and would lower wholesale electric prices across the multi-state utility power grid, PJM Interconnection, by $3 billion annually.READ MORE
Representatives of 19 Montgomery County municipalities attended the Montco 100% Clean Energy Conference to share ideas about how the 10 governing bodies that adopted a Ready for 100 Renewable Energy resolution could collaborate in implementing cost-sharing initiatives in terms of migrating municipal operations to green energy.READ MORE
Pennsylvania’s clean energy job market grew by 6 percent to reach 90,772 jobs last year, according to a recent report. The hottest sector for hiring was in installation, a solar executive said, and to ensure future growth, Philadelphia’s leaders in renewable energy called for more local incentives and much more aggressive state energy goals.READ MORE
Some of the nation’s largest electric utilities are calling on Congress to provide uniform rules for clean energy to help them meet self-established goals for reducing carbon emissions.READ MORE
Down a gravel road close to what constitutes downtown Slovan in rural Washington County, roughly 3,500 solar panels stand in a field of green grass, their blue-hued faces tilted toward the sun.
The development, one of the largest solar farms in Western Pennsylvania, spans 4.5 acres and can power about 750 homes. It’s just a small part of a national trend infiltrating the Pennsylvania landscape.READ MORE
Solar will soon be able to out-compete gas-fired plants around the world on a levelized cost basis*. That doesn’t mean it will be any easier to make a living in the solar business.
“By 2023, we think solar’s going to be cheaper than gas almost everywhere around the world,” Tom Heggarty, senior solar analyst for Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, said Tuesday at GTM Solar Summit in Phoenix.READ MORE
Exelon Generation on Wednesday acknowledged that a proposed $500 million Pennsylvania nuclear rescue had failed to win sufficient support for passage and said that the company will move forward, as promised, to shut down its money-losing Three Mile Island reactor this fall.READ MORE