Pennsylvania announces nation's largest government solar commitment

When it comes to statewide races toward clean, renewable energy, Pennsylvania just earned a spot at the top.

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Mary Katherine Moore
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When it comes to statewide races toward clean, renewable energy, Pennsylvania just earned a spot at the top. 

On March 22, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced a renewable energy initiative that is, to date, the largest solar commitment by any U.S. governing entity. The historic initiative will supply nearly 50 percent of the state government’s electricity through seven new solar arrays slated for construction in Pennsylvania’s Columbia, Juniata, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and York counties.

“Going solar is a triple win for Pennsylvania: It’s good for our planet, good for our health, and good for our pocketbooks,” said PennEnvironment Executive Director David Masur. “Harnessing more of the sun’s energy means cleaner air, a more stable climate, more resilient communities, and an energy source we can depend on that’s virtually pollution-free.” 

The state’s solar commitment will produce enough electricity equal to powering nearly 33,000 homes annually and reduce climate pollution that would match taking 34,000 gas-powered cars off of our roads each year.

Read more about the initiative. 

Learn more about our Clean, Green & Renewable Energy campaign.

ACT NOW

Tell your Legislators to support transitioning Pennsylvania to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.
 

Photo: PennEnvironment staff visit a solar array atop Philadelphia’s Crane Arts building in 2017. Credit: Staff

Mary Katherine Moore
Content Creator

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Content Creator

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.