The Move to Adopt 2018 Building Code

Though it might not seem all that glamorous, Philadelphia’s switch to 2018 energy efficiency building standards will have far-reaching impacts, such as lowering the city’s carbon footprint, addressing income inequality and decreasing energy bills. The City is currently operating under the 2009 International Construction Code for commercial and multi-family buildings, but with the jump-ahead, which […]

Philadelphia Solar Energy Projects Receive $3.7 Million in PA Grant Funding

SoNo Redevelopment Project in Northern Liberties Among 11 Local Grant Recipients The Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA), an agency authorized by City Council to promote sustainability and energy cost savings initiatives, on Wednesday thanked Pennsylvania’s Solar Energy Program (SEP) for awarding $30 million in grant funding to solar energy projects across the Commonwealth. The SEP, which is administered by […]

Residential Energy Consumption Survey: Implications for Philadelphia

Residential Energy Consumption Survey Implications for Philadelphia Summary A 2015 survey of US household energy use and energy insecurity conducted by the Energy Information Agency shows several disturbing trends. Data was not available for Philadelphia specifically, so PEA took a deep dive into the Residential Energy Consumption Survey data to better understand how energy insecurity […]

How Will Trump’s New Tariff on Solar Panels Affect Solarize Philly?

Early this week, President Trump announced a 30% tariff on imported solar modules after a suit was brought by two domestic solar manufacturers, SolarWorld and Suniva, with the International Trade Commission. 80% of all solar panels used in the US today come from outside the country, and foreign-made panels have historically been significantly cheaper. Solarize […]

We Are Still In – Together for a More Energy Secure Future!

By Mahvish Ilyas, Intern Climate change has become one of the biggest challenges of this era. Satellite imagery shows how drastically glaciers have receded in the northern areas of my home country Pakistan. Globally climate-related calamities and disasters have become more frequent, the most recent example is the devastating Southern California fires – a wake-up […]