Envinity is an employee-owned engineering and contracting company operating and installing renewable energy in Pennsylvania since 2005. We are excited by new bipartisan legislation that ensures Pennsylvania companies and solar customers will benefit from expanding solar energy production.
Act 40, signed by Gov. Tom Wolf late last year, aims to keep the investments and jobs being created by the solar energy boom right here in Pennsylvania. It would qualify only in-state solar systems to sell solar renewable energy credits into Pennsylvania’s market to meet state alternative energy standards. We believe that a stabilized solar renewable energy credit market will only positively impact our business, allowing us to create more good paying, full-time, local jobs. Envinity currently employs 34 full-time individuals, eight of whom make up our renewable energy team. We believe that Act 40 will create at least two to four additional full-time positions.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission now needs to implement the legislation as our lawmakers intended and adopt regulations that maximize Act 40’s economic impact. It must reject a proposal to grandfather in existing out-of-state solar installations — which would greatly diminish the economic benefit to local companies like Envinity that install solar systems and hamstring job growth across the state. The PUC should implement Act 40 in accordance with the legislative intent of the proposal, which was to support the businesses and workers of Pennsylvania’s growing solar industry.
Jason Grottini, State College
The writer is employee owner at Envinity Inc.