Fighting for a bright renewable energy future in Pennsylvania

By Zach Schalk on May 14, 2018

As many states continue to shift away from fossil fuels towards clean renewables like solar, Pennsylvania is falling behind. Just this year, the Keystone Stated earned a C and ranked 20th in the 2018 State Solar Power Rankings. We deserve better. We know that a solar future means good jobs and economic growth for our communities. We know that locally produced solar energy means cleaner air for communities that desperately need improved air quality. And we know these are just some of the benefits that come from investing in our future with distributed solar generation.

That’s why we’re fighting for solar rights, more clean energy, and expanding solar access in the Keystone State. Here’s how you can join us.

100% renewable energy

A bipartisan group of state legislators have introduced an ambitious bill to power the commonwealth with 100% renewable energy by 2050. The twin bills in the State House and Senate (SB 1140 and HB 2132) call for all of Pennsylvania’s energy—for buildings, transportation, agriculture, and industry—to come from renewable sources.

Nearly 15 years have passed since our current Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard was passed in 2004, requiring utilities to purchase 8 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2021. While that law was a national model at the time, other states have surged past us with much higher standards since. This ambitious bill would help Pennsylvania reclaim its position on the frontlines of the battle for a clean and sustainable energy future, with expanded solar playing a key role. Help us fight for the 100% renewable energy standard today by telling your representatives in Harrisburg to stand up for our economy, our environment, and our future!

Solar Access Bill

But a solar future also requires homeowners to have the right to generate solar on their own properties. That’s why we’re also fighting for SB 1039, which would require Pennsylvania to join 25 other states in protecting solar access rights.

A strong solar access law, like SB 1039, protect potential solar homeowners from having their solar systems blocked by restrictive homeowners’ association rules. If the Keystone State is going to become a leader in rooftop solar, removing unnecessary red tape is a big part of the solution. You can join us in the fight for expanding solar access by contacting your state Senator today and saying that you support SB 1039!