In 2006, SmartPower and TRF Sustainable Development Fund offered 10 communities in southeast Pennsylvania a free 1kW solar energy system if they could meet specific, and ambitious, clean energy purchasing goals. As of today, 20 communities have met that challenge, and purchased at least 20 percent of their municipal energy from clean, renewable sources.
SmartPower helped these communities reach their goals by building a strong coalition of local stakeholders from municipal environmental advisory councils, schools, faith-based groups and the business community. Meanwhile, a partnership among several key clean energy stakeholders, including PECO Energy, Community Energy, the Clean Air Council, Solardelphia and Native Energy, lent valuable resources to this program and helped see it to fruition.
To learn more about the Pennsylvania Clean Energy Communities Campaign, contact Jonathan Edwards.