Solar Energy: A Local Option

There is a common misconception that an area must be sunny and warm year-round in order to be suitable to harness solar energy. However, just about everywhere in the United States has satisfactory conditions for solar panels. For example, Germany is the largest user of solar energy in the world, and it has 40% less natural capability to harness solar than Pennsylvania. Loyalsock Township in Lycoming County installed solar panels on the south-facing roof of their municipal building, and are now seeing deep savings in their electric bills.

SEDA-COG Energy Resource Director Stacy Richards is a member of the state-wide stakeholders group organized by PA Department of Environmental Protection to develop Pennsylvania's solar policy.  This project is funded by the PA Department of Energy through a "Sunshot Grant" through 2019.  

For more information about solar energy, explore the links below.

Solar Future Podcast

Solar Energy Systems: A Guide for PA Municipal Officials

This guide is a primer for local government officials, code officials, engineers and solicitors on Solar Energy Systems.


American Solar Energy Society (ASES)

The American Solar Energy Society (ASES), a national organization, is dedicated to increasing the use of solar energy, energy efficiency, and other sustainable technologies in the U.S. This site offers information about how people can access solar resources, get involved in advancing solar energy nationally, and learn more about both solar energy and green jobs. 

Solar PV Development

This document, developed by the Renewable Energy Policy Project (REPP), outlines a "PV Roadmap" for the US, the results of an industry led effort to assess the best mix of research and market development to accelerate PV development.


North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners

This website provides links to education programs geared for those attempting to become certified to provide PV solar and thermal solar development.