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Pennsylvania being left behind as community solar shines

In partnership with the Bay Journal, the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association is providing this article to our members to publish in print or online at no cost.

Even as solar energy is gearing up for record growth in Pennsylvania, state legislators have steadfastly refused so far to allow a form known as community solar — which would allow anyone to help pay for small, localized solar arrays and get credits on their electric bills.

Nearby states such as Maryland, New York, Virginia, West Virginia and Delaware, as well as Washington, D.C. all have some form of community solar. All have mechanisms built in to help low- and-moderate income ratepayers share in the savings.


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