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Pennsylvania's Solar Future / NPR's Melissa Block

Written by Merideth Bucher, Producer | Dec 13, 2018 4:44 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, December 13, 2018:

California is the clear winner. Or perhaps we should say the "clean" winner. The Golden State tops unofficial lists of best states for solar growth, producing enough to power 5.4 million homes. No other state comes close.

Pennsylvania is listed in the top ten for number of solar PV systems installed, but when it comes to energy production, we have a ways to go.

Currently, solar produces less than one percent of Pennsylvania's electricity. The state Environmental Protection Office (EPO) has set a goal increasing that amount to 10%.

What kind of investment will Pennsylvania have to make to meet this goal?

Patrick McDonnell, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection joins us on Smart Talk Thursday to talk about 'Finding Pennsylvania's Solar Future,' along with plan architect David Althoff.

The EPO released the Solar Future plan last month, along with 15 strategies to increase solar production.

Correction: During the solar future discussion Mr. Althoff said that 124,000 square miles of land in Pennsylvania would be need for increased grid-scale solar. The correct number is 124 square miles. 

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David Althoff and Secretary Patrick McDonnell

Also, award-winning NPR special correspondent Melissa Block co-hosted All Things Considered for 12 years. Today, she produces features about high-profile individuals, and stories on critical issues.

Block recently covered a story highlighting the intersection of guns and dementia and the dilemma facing families. Listen to that feature:

Melissa Block appears on Smart Talk today to share this story, and another about an unlikely partnership.

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Melissa Block

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