Finding Pennsylvania's Solar Future
to the dawn of Pennsylvania’s solar energy future.
Clean, renewable solar energy is vital to economic growth,
environmental protection, and electrical grid resiliency in Pennsylvania. Although
solar photovoltaic installations are increasing in the state, solar currently produces
less than 1 percent of our net electricity generation. Finding Pennsylvania’s
Solar Future aims to increase that by identifying Tomorrow’s Solar Development and
Finding Pennsylvania’s Solar Future is a
2017-2019 statewide planning project being led by the DEP Office of
Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance (OPPEA) to equip Pennsylvania to
produce more solar energy by 2030.
We’re funded by a $550,000 award from the U.S. Department of
Energy SunShot Program.
Kickoff Meeting: March 2
Solar Future kicks off on March 2, 2017, with a stakeholders meeting hosted by
the Department of Environmental Protection and PennFuture at the Rachel Carson
State Office Building in Harrisburg.
is open to the public. Participants will be asked to join working groups that
will meet regularly throughout 2017 and 2018 to consider modeling data, debate
policy options, and provide critical feedback to DEP on options and methods to
support the increase of solar development and deployment in the Commonwealth.
Those who can participate fully in meetings that are technical in nature will
get the most from their volunteer service.
March 2, 2017 |
10 am – 5 pm
State Office Building
closes at midnight, February 23.
OPPEA has identified an initial objective of increasing to
10% the amount of in-state electricity sales that come from in-state solar
energy generation. This is a starting point—project participants will determine
the final amount.
The goal of Finding Pennsylvania’s Solar Future is to create
a shared vision statewide for the most effective ways Pennsylvania can reach
its objective of 10% of in-state electricity sales generated by in-state solar
Participants across the Commonwealth
Pennsylvanians with expertise in business, state and local
government, the solar energy market, utilities, regional transmission,
regulation, academia, environmental advocacy, and consumer advocacy are
participating in project working groups, sharing their different viewpoints on
solar energy. Meetings are coordinated by PennFuture in
partnership with OPPEA.
The working groups are engaging in a modeling process to
envision and predict the outcomes of possible specific approaches to increasing
deployment of solar energy systems and incentivizing market transformation in
modeling process, which is led by the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, is examining:
can Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards (based on Act 213 of
2004) be modified to support more forward-looking objectives than the current
requirement that solar photovoltaic energy provide .5 percent of Pennsylvania’s
net electricity generation by 2021?
to integrate solar into the current grid cost-effectively.
transformation via incentives and business models—This
will include provisions to ensure that low-income consumers and other traditionally
underrepresented groups aren’t excluded from the benefits of solar.
will be reached on the ideal approaches that form the best solar strategy for
1. Pennsylvania’s Solar Future Plan—A draft plan will
be published for public comment in 12 months. The final plan will be published in
18 months for use by policy makers, regulators, industry, investors, and
2. Pennsylvania’s Solar Future Implementation Report—This
will provide directives on how the plan can be implemented. A draft report will
be published for public comment in 24 months, with the final report published
in 30 months.
Progress updates and project
information will be shared here. Stay tuned for more on Pennsylvania’s solar
Have questions? Want to get
involved? Contact us.