A diverse group of clean energy projects around Pennsylvania are being praised by that state’s governor for bringing many new jobs to the region plus an amazing amount of renewable energy potential for residents. These 40 projects are drawing upon $20.5 million in state and federal investments as part of their operating overheads.
Governor Edward Rendell’s office said that the array of clean energy projects will generate or save the equivalent of more than 10 billion kilowatt hours of electricity over their lifetimes. This is seen as the equivalent of enough energy to power 1 million average homes in Pennsylvania for one year while reducing carbon emissions by nearly nine million tons. The number of jobs created is said to be around 1,400.
Among the array of projects highlighted by Rendell are turning wood- and paper-based waste into cleaner burning fuel cubes that can be used in place of coal; installing solar panels and energy efficiency programs at a mix of schools; constructing a a 15 MW, $65 million solar photovoltaic project which will be the largest solar electric generating facility in the eastern part of the United States; converting 20 tons per day of non-source separated waste plastic into 3,000 gallons per day of liquid fuel that will meet the American Standard Test Method standard for low sulfur fuel; and installation of an innovative energy storage system to maximize the recapture of existing regenerative braking capacity from trains.
“A few years ago, projects like these existed only in theory. Today, they are a reality,” said Governor Rendell in a statement. “They benefit Pennsylvania’s consumers by generating and saving electricity, driving down utility rates, making additional projects more affordable and feasible, while stimulating the economy by creating manufacturing and employment opportunities, attracting private investments and making our environment cleaner.”