By Steve Tawa
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia trails other major American metropolitan areas in its use of solar power, but Gov. Tom Wolf is hoping that the solar initiative proposal in his next statewide budget will light a fire for stronger policies here and across the commonwealth.READ MORE: Investigation Of Ocean City Beach Patrol Sexual Misconduct Allegations Continues, Mayor Adds Resources To Enforce City Policies
A new report on solar energy by Penn Environment shows that Philadelphia ranks only 26th for installed solar capacity among US cities and 41st for per-capita solar power.
John Hanger, Gov. Wolf’s secretary of policy and planning (at lectern in top photo), says the Wolf administration’s proposed $200-million alternative energy package in the budget includes $50 million to jumpstart solar energy programs in Pennsylvania.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Redanauer Arrested On Assault Charges After Allegedly Threatening, Pointing Gun At Victim During Off-Duty Verbal Altercation
“Very frankly, for the last four years Pennsylvania dropped out of the alternative energy game,” Hanger says, because the Corbett administration had little interest in solar power and investment flowed elsewhere.
“They certainly were zealous about focusing on natural gas and, frankly, a lot of important energy opportunities fell off the plate,” Hanger said today. He says tax credits and other incentives for solar power are good for the environment, for jobs, and for consumers.MORE NEWS: $1 Million Pennsylvania Lottery Scratch-Off Sold At Philadelphia CVS
“About a dollar spent here on solar can leverage three, four, five dollars of private investment,” he noted.