Solar Program's Sundown Cast Shadow on PA Renewables?
March 8, 2014- Tom
HARRISBURG - A program introduced five years ago to fund solar programs in
Pennsylvania is now out of money, but advocates say that hasn't plunged the
industry into darkness across the state.
Pennsylvania Sunshine Solar Program zeroed out at the end of 2013 after
providing more than $100 million in rebates to help fund solar electric and
solar hot water projects for homeowners and small businesses.
Celentano, president of the Pennsylvania Solar Energy Industries Association,
says the state has plenty of what it takes to warrant solar energy investments.
has, by far, more solar than any other country in the world, and they have as
much sunshine as southern Alaska," he points out. "So we obviously
have way more sunshine than southern Alaska, so that's why it works so well
says the credit price for selling solar renewable energy credits had dropped
sharply in recent years, before an upswing in recent months.
face a solar energy mandate each year, but legislation to boost solar
percentages in Pennsylvania has failed.
says current law allows solar operations in a dozen other states to sell their
solar energy in Pennsylvania, which hinders efforts within the state.
he also hopes to see changes in the solar project permitting process, which
currently is decided by individual municipalities.
that municipalities are more open with a standardized process for permitting,
for having a system installed, and removing a lot of barriers," he