Pennsylvania Revives Solar Initiatives to Boost Clean Energy Jobs November 29, 2017 Economy, Energy, Environment, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf touted the commonwealth’s commitment to the advancement of solar energy and clean energy job creation by emphasizing the importance of two recent announcements and two ongoing initiatives that will help ensure Pennsylvania remains at the forefront in competing for good paying clean energy jobs.“We all have long known that the future of our country and our commonwealth’s energy economy will include a robust renewable energy sector,” said Governor Wolf. “In Pennsylvania, we are making sure that the benefits of increased renewable jobs, a cleaner environment, and a growing renewable economy will be felt in the commonwealth and that the environmental benefits of solar generation which are being paid for by Pennsylvania consumers and businesses are experienced here as well.”Earlier this month the governor announced that the state’s Solar Energy Program will make available $30 million in new grant funding to be used by eligible applicants to promote the installation of new solar projects and the manufacture or assembly of solar equipment in the commonwealth, another move which will encourage the deployment and creation of solar jobs.For solar equipment manufacturing projects, the program will offer up to $40,000 in loans or $5,000 in grants for every new job created within three years. For new solar panel installations, the Solar Energy Program will offer loans up to $5 million or $3 per watt, and grants up to $1 million or $1.50 per watt.Additionally this month the governor signed legislation which will strengthen Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act by requiring that solar renewable energy credits used to demonstrate compliance with the Act must be generated at solar facilities delivering electricity to the grid here in the commonwealth.Prior to the change, Pennsylvania was one of the few states that allowed out-of-state transactions of solar renewable energy credits, which resulted in a huge supply of credits being available, in return diminishing the value of Pennsylvania’s credits. This fix will help to ensure that the environmental benefits of new solar installations are experienced here in Pennsylvania, and that we build a more competitive energy economy in the state.These recent moves reinforce the work the administration is already doing to expand the use of solar energy and other renewables in Pennsylvania including the development of strategies to cost effectively increase the amount of solar electricity generated in Pennsylvania to 10 percent by 2030 through the “Finding Pennsylvania’s Solar Future” project led at the Department of Environmental Protection.Additional efforts include the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (DCNR) deployment of small scale solar arrays to take certain buildings and facilities on state park and forest lands off the grid, saving money and reducing DCNR’s carbon footprint. By the end of 2018, DCNR’s more than 18 solar installations should:Save more than $65,000/year on electric;Reduce CO₂ emissions by 350 tons/700,000 lbs. per year (average car emits 6 tons/12,000 lbs. per year); andReduce energy consumption by up to 600,000 kWh/year (average American home uses 10,812 kWh per year). SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
By Faizool DeoA CRUSHING right-hook emerging from a barrage of shots by the Guyana Defence Force’s Clairmont Gibson dropped Caribbean Lightweight champion Jamal Eastman (Rose Hall Jammers) in the first round of the semi-finals in the lightweight division on Saturday night in the Terrence Alli, Elites, Youths and Females Open Championships.Eastman, who had floored his Trinidadian opponent with a single blow in their regional championship battle last year, was the clear favourite for the national title again this year. It was, however, the experienced soldier who took the initiative early by pouncing on the defending champion.Omar Sukhdeo caught Osbert Robertson with two solid shots to end their heavyweight clash.When the referee stopped the bout, Gibson and most of the patrons at the National Gymnasium erupted in celebrations.Gibson, who was runner up to Caribbean Bantamweight Champion Keevin Allicock over the last few years in this competition, had moved up in weight (from 56kg to 60kg). After the fight, he stated that he was in immaculate shape and was ready to stop all challengers at the lightweight division.Last night, on the final night of the championships, he was expected to meet fellow GDF boxer Delroy Fordyce, who had gotten past Shemar Halley of the Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF) Gym.Halley, who had boxed his way to the Novice and Intermediate Best Boxer trophies this year, lost on points to Fordyce, who said he stuck to the fundamentals to gain the win.Along with those two bouts, the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) also claimed three other wins of the seven semi-final fights carded for night two. Their main rivals, FYF Gym had also made their mark on the penultimate night with two wins.The night opened with an exhibition clash between GDF boxers Jermain Grant and Lincoln Murray, before the bantamweight boxers got into the ring.GDF’s Julius Kesney stopped Raphael Sebastian (Rose Hall Jammers) in the first round of the first bantam semi-finals, while Asheer Al Azeem (FYF) got the win against Clinton Clarke (GDF) after three rounds.The welterweight battle was another first-round finish as GDF’s Kevin McKenzie worked his way through the defence of Shemar Beaton (Ricola) just before the end of round one and caught him on his nose.The heavyweight battles were also exciting.FYF’s Omar Sukhdeo recorded his fifth win in seven fights when he caught GDF’s Osbert Robertson late in the first round with a right cross and a left hook combination, which floored his opponent.After both boxers dropped the other early, Robertson took control and a few combinations seemed to have hurt the FYF boxer, but Sukhdeo was able to deliver two excellent shots, which ended the fight in 1:44 seconds.In another battle, a Super heavyweight bout, GDF’s Antonio Williams was able to wear down Stephen Chan to win on points.Both fighters had their moments early in the clash, but Williams proved the aggressor in the second. Chan, who seemed to be conserving his energy by defending a lot, was hit one-time too many, which eventually weakened his defence.Last night, 11 finals were scheduled to be run off at the National Gymnasium.