Earlier this month, the Schuylkill Township Board of Supervisors in Pennsylvania have unanimously approved a resolution to transition the township to 100% renewable energy. By taking this action, Schuylkill becomes the seventh Chester county, and the 111th U.S. municipality to establish this goal, according to the Sierra Club.
Days after Schuylkill’s commitment, Whitemarsh Township also adopted a 100% renewable resolution. Both resolutions aim to solely use renewable sources for electricity by 2035, and for heating and transportation by 2050.
“This decision on the part of Schuylkill Township will inspire other local governments in the area. There is no more important task than cleaning up our energy system through efficiency, electrification and renewables,” said engineer Mark Connolly, an engineer and member of of the Phoenixville Area Green Team. “This township can take great pride in what they have initiated tonight on behalf of future generations.”
The two townships join a contingent of 10 other Southeastern Pennsylvania communities that are leading the state in establishing a goal for an all-renewable future. Schuylkill joins Uwchlan, Kennett Township, Downingtown, West Chester, East Bradford, and Phoenixville in Chester County. Whitemarsh joins Springfield and, most recently, Ambler Borough in Montgomery County in setting targets for 100% clean and renewable energy community-wide.
Radnor and Haverford Township in Delaware County has also set the goal. The full list of 100% renewable energy commitments nationwide can be found here.
“Township officials across the region are realizing that the more municipalities that set 100% goals, the more accumulated purchasing power we will have for our communities to attract competitive bids for clean renewable energy and efficiency products and transition planning,” said Jim Wylie, Sierra Club Southeastern Pennsylvania Group Chair.
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