This week, August 15 – 21, marks the 4th annual Philadelphia Solar Week, an initiative of the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) and the Philadelphia City Council. PECO is proud to join these organizations in celebrating this clean energy resource and spreading awareness across southeastern Pennsylvania.
Solar Week 2022 will put a spotlight on themes including using solar as a tool to rebuild the economy, job creation, and building a diverse workforce. The week consists of a series of events about how to go solar, including a webinar series, career panel, a PECO collaborative meeting for solar developers, and a solar art and story competition. A full calendar of events is linked here.
Supporting the adoption of solar across the Greater Philadelphia region is so important as we work to ensure a cleaner and brighter future for our customers and communities we serve. Solar is an integral part of PECO’s Path to Clean journey, which includes a goal for the collective Exelon utilities to reduce our operations-driven emissions by 50 percent by 2030 and achieve net-zero by 2050.
An extremely important piece of this work is supporting the adoption of solar-generated energy and creating opportunities for the solar workforce of tomorrow. At PECO, we have various initiatives underway that support solar energy, including:
- A first-of-its-kind solar credit procurement program, creating a local market for solar generated power right here in Southeastern Pennsylvania (more info here)
- Making critical infrastructure investments to further the adoption of solar
- Supporting policies on a state and regional level to advance the use of this clean energy resource and expand solar energy deployment
- Hosting bi-annual Solar Collaborative meetings that bring together the region’s solar developers and advocates to discuss industry trends, company updates and overall adoption of solar energy across the Greater Philadelphia area
- Fostering the solar workforce of tomorrow by partnering with the Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), Inc. to develop training programs, like Bright Solar Futures, that provide opportunities for the unemployed and underemployed, while also ensuring under-served communities will benefit from the company’s investments in ongoing solar development
- Growing the Green Power Connect Team, which is dedicated to providing new and innovative ways to support customers in their efforts to install solar and interconnect to the grid
For more information about how you can transition to solar energy, please visit https://www.peco.com/SmartEnergy/MyGreenPowerConnection/.
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