A new interactive map highlighting renewable energy projects across Pennsylvania was unveiled Tuesday by PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center.
The map spotlights one renewable energy or energy efficiency project in each of the state’s 67 counties. According to a press release, the vibrancy and growth of the clean energy sector across Pennsylvania is a highlight of the map.
Pennsylvanians can use the map to explore innovative clean energy products in each county and learn how to contribute to clean energy adoption. In the Susquehanna Valley, the interactive website highlights solar panels at Steelton-Highspire School District in Dauphin County.
Ellie Kerns, climate field associate with PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center, said renewable energy projects are on the rise across the state.
“In red, blue, and purple counties, and across rural, suburban, and urban counties, Pennsylvania communities are making huge strides to bring wind, solar, and energy efficient projects online at a rapid clip,” said Kerns.
With far-reaching incentives in the new federal inflation Reduction Act, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects look to be more affordable and available to Pennsylvania businesses, residents, and non-profit organizations. These projects will help Pennsylvanians reduce air and climate pollution, save money on utility bills, and support a clean energy-based economy.
“As we continue to move the needle towards a clean energy future we’re seeing more customers, especially school districts, realize the financial and environmental benefits of integrating solar and other renewable energy sources into their sustainability plan,” said Dan Pietropola, McClure Company’s Vice President of Business Development.
According to the release, the total energy production of the projects highlighted in the interactive map is enough to power more than half a million Pennsylvanian homes annually.
“So much of what we have to do is not come up with new stuff, but to invest in the things that already exist,” said State Representative Chris Rabb (D-Philadelphia). “And we also have to increase our literacy on how and why we need to move to a 100% renewable energy future, because it’s not science fiction. We have all the technology we need right now to get there.”