Smart Talk: Solar power initiatives highlight industry growth | Smart Talk

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The Wolf administration recently announced a commitment to solar energy by agreeing to buy energy from seven new solar projects in the state.

This purchase agreement accounts for about half of the state government’s electricity and fulfills part of the 2019 governor’s executive order on climate change.

Patrick McDonnell is secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of the Environment, and appears on Smart Talk on Tuesday, along with Julien F. Gaudion, deputy secretary of asset and asset management, Pennsylvania Department of General Services, to discuss details of the recent announcements.

Solar options expanding for Pennsylvania business’s and schools

Solar options expanding for Pennsylvania business’s and schools

Proponents of the industry say that while the state is meeting its obligations to switch to more renewable energy, they are also encouraging solar development in Pennsylvania.

Governor Wolf’s executive orders can, however, only take initiatives for the time being. For Pennsylvania to move toward renewable energy opportunities, it will need legislation and a commitment to state legislation. Smart Talk on Tuesday, which will discuss expanding access to solar energy, is joined by Katie Rever, director of legislative affairs, IGS Energy and a member of the PA chapter’s coalition of the Solar Industries Association.

Also on the smart talk Tuesday are Doug Neidich, CEO of GreenWorks Development, and Rick Musselman, superintendent of the school district of Midd-West, Middleburg, PA, who discuss how schools can benefit from solar energy initiatives.

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