Solar installations in Allegheny County doubled from 51 in 2015 to 107 in 2016, according to a state database of power generating units. Solarize Allegheny has nurtured the sales of at least 40 solar installations in Allegheny County during those two years, said Sharon Pillar, vice president of SmartPower, a Washington D.C.-based marketing firm managing the campaign.
Meanwhile, SolarCity, the nation’s largest residential solar installer, is hiring in the Pittsburgh area. Citing falling costs of producing and installing systems, SolarCity expects to staff its new operations center in Emsworth with more than 100 workers.
Alert to these trends, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is giving solar advocates what they have been craving for years: a serious ear to changing policies that, they say, are holding Pennsylvania back.