7/29 State of Renewable Energy in the Region: Focus on Wind & Solar
On Wednesday, July 27, more than 60 attendees joined the Smart Energy Initiative (SEI) for a breakfast briefing on the State of Renewable Energy in the Region: A Focus on Wind and Solar. The event was held at the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) in Exton, PA and was co-sponsored by Brandywine Valley Heating and Air Conditioning, Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, Practical Energy Solutions, A Renewable America, Silicon Power, and SunPower Builders.
Paul Spiegel, founder and president of Practical Energy Solutions, moderated a panel of speakers that included: Lisa Jacobson with the Business Council for Sustainable Energy; Hayley Book with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; and Abby Watson, with Gamesa and Women of Wind Energy. The following topics were discussed:
From left (back row): Nancy Kunkle, Smart Energy Initiative (SEI) Program Manager; Hayley Book, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; Paul Speigel, Practical Energy Solutions and SEI Board Vice-Chair; Steve Krug, Krug Architects and SEI Programming Committee Chair; Bill Ronayne, Delaware Valley Heating & Air Conditioning and SEI Board Chair. From left (Front row): Abby Watson, Gamesa and Women in Wind Energy; Lisa Jacobson, Business Council for Sustainable Energy
Here are some highlights from the event that detail the transformative era we are in for energy and how the state of PA is positioned on the front lines to respond to, and drive, the growth of energy efficiency, and alternative energy sources such as wind and solar.
Pennsylvania’s renewable energy sector has a bright future given that 4% of the state’s power comes from renewable energy; there are 3,498 jobs just in the renewable sector; and the state has made a $3.9B investment in clean energy. Plus, wind turbine technician positions are the fastest growing job in the nation in 2015!
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Bloomberg New Energy Finance: State Energy Factsheet, Pennsylvania
PA DEP: Energy Financial Incentives for PA Businesses
Business Council for Sustainable Energy
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
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