Solar initiative fails in Pennsylvania

Advocates for renewables were looking for a solar percentage of 1.5 percent in the state’s energy supply pie. The current legislation states that solar must make up 0.5 percent of the alternative sources by 2021. Surrounding states have adopted higher mandates. Pennsylvania’s environmental secretary, John Hanger, told the Philadelphia Enquirer that the lack of progress with regards to the solar bill could cost the state jobs. He also told the local newspaper that he sees the potential and possibility of thousands of jobs in the sector but is disheartened.

"We can see the promise. But the question is whether we’re going to actually build on this impressive foundation or let it wither," Hangar is quoted saying. He blames the strong opposition, led by owners of existing power plants for the disability to advance the alternative energy legislation in his state. On the other hand, George Ellis, president of the Pennsylvania Coal Industry also told the Philadelphia Enquirer that he is pleased that the solar bill has not progressed.