Teacher Training for Junior Solar Sprint
Saturday, February 23, 2019 1 - 4:30 pm
Friends Center, 15th and Cherry Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Learn how to teach middle school students to design, build and race model solar cars. The Junior Solar Sprint is a national STEM program for 5th – 8th graders and a perfect way to learn how to harness the power of the sun. Experienced trainers will guide you every step of the way. The training is FREE and all teacher training materials will be provided.
Sponsored by the Philadelphia Solar Energy Association
For more information and to register contact: Liz Robinson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Solar PV Installer Training
Start Date: March 11, 2019
FREE to qualified adults 18 and over. This 6 week training is provided by the Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) and includes OSHA 10, EPA RRP Lead certification, and the NABCEP Solar PV Associate Credential. ECA also provides assistance with job placement to all those who successfully complete the training. Contact Eva Ortiz at email@example.com for more information.
Gov Wolf Announces Climate Initiative for PA
Pa is taking action on climate change with Gov. Wolf’s announcement to set the first-ever statewide goal to cut climate pollution.
Under the executive order signed by Governor Wolf, Pa will work toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2025, and 80 percent by 2050, compared to 2005 levels.
The GreenGov Council will work with all state agencies to reduce energy use in state government and improve the energy efficiency of state buildings and vehicles, saving taxpayers money in the process. The GreenGov Council will serve as a central coordinating body to promote the implementation of the executive order and the achievement of the following state agency performance goals:
Reduce overall energy consumption by 3 percent per year, and 21 percent by 2025, as compared to 2017 levels.
Replace 25 percent of the state passenger car fleet with battery electric and plug-in electric hybrid cars by 2025.
Procure renewable energy to offset at least 40 percent of the commonwealth’s annual electricity use.
“Commonwealth agencies can continue to demonstrate their commitment to both environmental and fiscal stewardship by implementing best practices to reduce energy and resource consumption, improve energy efficiency, realize cost savings, and protect the environment,” said Governor Wolf.
The GreenGov Council will encourage and coordinate the incorporation of environmentally sustainable practices into the commonwealth government's policy, planning, operations, procurement, and regulatory functions, and strive for continuous improvement in efficiency and performance.
The announcement comes at a time when Pa is feeling more harmful impacts from our changing climate, and comes on the same day it was reported that U.S. carbon emissions increased in 2018.
C-PACE in a Box
The draft guidelines for the Commercial PACE Program have been issued. Final guidelines are expected in February 2019. C-PACE is a very useful way to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy and water efficiency improvements on commercial buildings statewide.
Podcast on PA Clean Energy
Liz Robinson was interviewed on Planet Philadelphia, January 4th, about recent accomplishments and upcoming attractions in clean energy policy in Pennsylvania. Give a listen:
PUC Final Order Closes PA Borders Finally!
The PA Public Utility Commission unanimously issued a final order confirming the intent of Act 40 to insure that the solar energy produced in order to meet the requirements of Pennsylvania's portfolio standard is in fact generated in state. This decision will lead to many more solar jobs all across the state. Thanks to Senator Scavello, Governor Wolf, and all those who worked tirelessly to make this happen.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Liz Robinson, PSEA's new Executive Director, received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Energy Conservation from Penn Future in April of 2018.