PA receives $156M from Biden administration for Solar for All initiative

Pennsylvania was awarded over $156 million from the Biden Administration for the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority’s (PEDA) Solar for All initiative.

The program is estimated to benefit more than 14,000 Pennsylvania households, save more than $192 million on Pennsylvanians’ electric bills over the next twenty years, and cut 43 million tons of carbon emissions over the next twenty years, the Dept. of Environmental Protection said in a press release.

The program will provide residential solar technology in low-income areas and associated storage, provide financial assistance to enable upgrades to households in low-income and disadvantaged communities, and create good-paying energy jobs, according to the press release.

“Every Pennsylvanian has a Constitutional right to clean air, pure water, and a healthy environment,” said Governor Josh Shapiro. “Thanks to these investments from the Biden Administration, Pennsylvania will be able to build out reliable, sustainable, and affordable solar energy infrastructure, which will help low-income Pennsylvanians save money on their electric bills, while also reducing pollution in our communities. My Administration is committed to taking real action to address climate change pollution, help Pennsylvania maintain its energy independence, and to cut costs for Pennsylvanians.”

“Through the Solar for All program we will bring clean, renewable energy to more communities, especially those that have carried a disproportionate pollution burden in the past,” said Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Interim Acting Secretary Jessica Shirley, who serves as the chair of PEDA’s board of directors. “Increasing residential solar will bring jobs and clean energy to more parts of Pennsylvania and help fight climate pollution.”

The Shapiro Administration adopted an updated environmental justice policy last year intended to ensure communities have equal access to environmental protections.

PEDA applied for the Solar for All program as the lead applicant of a two-member coalition with the Philadelphia Green Capital Corp. (PGCC), the non-profit green bank affiliate of the Philadelphia Energy Authority. PEDA is an independent public authority created by the Commonwealth in 1982 to finance energy and energy-related projects. By law, the Department of Environmental Protection provides administrative support to PEDA.

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