June 29, 2023
A handful of school districts around Pennsylvania have embraced solar energy to reduce or eliminate their utility costs and legislation passed in the state House on Thursday would give other districts an incentive to invest in renewable energy.
The Solar for Schools Act would leverage federal funding through the Inflation Reduction Act to pay for 30% to 50% of the cost of solar panel installation projects with 50% of the cost paid with state money and the balance with local funding, state Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Philadelphia, said.
Fiedler, who is the prime sponsor of the bill, said it would return taxpayers’ federal dollars to Pennsylvania, create jobs, protect the environment, and make schools more resilient to power interruptions.
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