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Pennsylvania House Advances Solar Power Expansion Bill

A recent initiative by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives aims to expand solar power accessibility to renters and individuals without suitable rooftops or land for solar panels. This effort involves utilizing federal subsidies to mitigate costs associated with solar energy. The measure, introduced by Allentown Democratic Representative Peter Schweyer, addresses the need in communities where traditional solar panel installation is not feasible, such as areas with a high percentage of renters or historical districts. Schweyer emphasized the importance of leveraging federal grants to ensure the bill’s progress and to prevent any financial burden on non-solar consumers.

The proposal, known as House Bill 1842, also includes provisions to address potential future challenges related to the decommissioning of community solar sites. Critics, including Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Warren, stress the importance of planning for the environmental and financial implications of disposing and reclaiming used solar panels to avoid repeating past oversights seen in the coal and natural gas sectors.

The bill was passed in the House by a vote of 111-99 and includes a fiscal note estimating a cost of approximately $1.4 million for the state to hire additional staff to implement the legislation. It now moves to the Senate for further consideration.


Pamela K Coyle 1949-2024

Pam received her Master’s degree in library science from Clarion University in 1978. She never lost her love of reading or her enthusiasm for libraries.

Daily Forecast, April 21, 2024

Franklin County Forecast: In the forecast for today, we are expecting overcast clouds, with a high of 52.23°F and a low of 35.2°F. The humidity

Candie Sue Diffenderfer 1963-2024

Candie worked in the Prothonotary’s office at the Fulton County Courthouse, and later at Irving Accounting and U.S.A. Cartage in Williamsport, MD.

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