Solar to Provide Backup Power for Pennsylvania Governor's Residence

February 23, 2005

Pennsylvania recently joined the list of U.S. states that have committed to support renewable energy through a renewable portfolio standard. Now, Governor Edward G. Rendell's 18th century English Georgian style residence sports a 2.8-kW, grid-tied backup solar photovoltaic (PV) system.

This project is a collaboration of efforts from the Sustainable Development Fund, BP Solar, BP Products North America, the Sustainable Development Fund (SDF), and Mesa Environmental Sciences. SDF and the Million Solar Roofs partner to promote solar energy by installing solar PV on high-profile buildings.

Solar insolation in Pennsylvania is 2.5-3 kWh/m2/day. Pennsylvania is geographically well positioned to capture the suns rays for electricity.

For more information, read the February 23 Renewable Energy Access press release.