a plan for ensuring that solar energy becomes more prevalent. PennEnvironment says if the steps outlined in its report are followed, the state -- and perhaps even the country -- could use the sun to meet ten percent of its energy needs by 2030. That includes the use of solar power, solar water heaters and solar space heating. The group's Nathan Willcox says the sun, unlike many other energy sources, is free. "As time goes on, the price of coal will only be increasing, the price of natural gas will only be increasing," he says. "Solar, at the other end, is a completely free resource once you have the infrastructure in place." But even advocates concede that the infrastructure is far from free. While the price is coming down, it's still beyond the reach of many families and businesses. PennEnvironment is calling on state leaders to increase financial aid through the PA Sunshine Solar Program. The group also wants to see higher solar requirements for utility companies and the sales tax eliminated on solar equipment. PennEnvironment points to several solar success stories across the state, including the GreenWorks Development in Midtown Harrisburg, which is the site of a 42-kilowatt photovoltaic array."> a plan for ensuring that solar energy becomes more prevalent. PennEnvironment says if the steps outlined in its report are followed, the state -- and perhaps even the country -- could use the sun to meet ten percent of its energy needs by 2030. That includes the use of solar power, solar water heaters and solar space heating. The group's Nathan Willcox says the sun, unlike many other energy sources, is free. "As time goes on, the price of coal will only be increasing, the price of natural gas will only be increasing," he says. "Solar, at the other end, is a completely free resource once you have the infrastructure in place." But even advocates concede that the infrastructure is far from free. While the price is coming down, it's still beyond the reach of many families and businesses. PennEnvironment is calling on state leaders to increase financial aid through the PA Sunshine Solar Program. The group also wants to see higher solar requirements for utility companies and the sales tax eliminated on solar equipment. PennEnvironment points to several solar success stories across the state, including the GreenWorks Development in Midtown Harrisburg, which is the site of a 42-kilowatt photovoltaic array."> a plan for ensuring that solar energy becomes more prevalent. PennEnvironment says if the steps outlined in its report are followed, the state -- and perhaps even the country -- could use the sun to meet ten percent of its energy needs by 2030. That includes the use of solar power, solar water heaters and solar space heating. The group's Nathan Willcox says the sun, unlike many other energy sources, is free. "As time goes on, the price of coal will only be increasing, the price of natural gas will only be increasing," he says. "Solar, at the other end, is a completely free resource once you have the infrastructure in place." But even advocates concede that the infrastructure is far from free. While the price is coming down, it's still beyond the reach of many families and businesses. PennEnvironment is calling on state leaders to increase financial aid through the PA Sunshine Solar Program. The group also wants to see higher solar requirements for utility companies and the sales tax eliminated on solar equipment. PennEnvironment points to several solar success stories across the state, including the GreenWorks Development in Midtown Harrisburg, which is the site of a 42-kilowatt photovoltaic array."> Group calls for 10 percent solar by 2030 | News | witf.org
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Group calls for 10 percent solar by 2030

Written by Casey Houtz | Mar 9, 2010 11:49 PM

(Harrisburg) -- An environmental group has outlined a plan for ensuring that solar energy becomes more prevalent. PennEnvironment says if the steps outlined in its report are followed, the state -- and perhaps even the country -- could use the sun to meet ten percent of its energy needs by 2030. That includes the use of solar power, solar water heaters and solar space heating. The group's Nathan Willcox says the sun, unlike many other energy sources, is free. "As time goes on, the price of coal will only be increasing, the price of natural gas will only be increasing," he says. "Solar, at the other end, is a completely free resource once you have the infrastructure in place." But even advocates concede that the infrastructure is far from free. While the price is coming down, it's still beyond the reach of many families and businesses. PennEnvironment is calling on state leaders to increase financial aid through the PA Sunshine Solar Program. The group also wants to see higher solar requirements for utility companies and the sales tax eliminated on solar equipment. PennEnvironment points to several solar success stories across the state, including the GreenWorks Development in Midtown Harrisburg, which is the site of a 42-kilowatt photovoltaic array.

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