One silver lining: Although Pennsylvania may only install one third of the total solar capacity in 2014 that was installed in 2013, the residential and small commercial installers continue to build projects, spurred by solar cost declines and electricity price increases. 294 of the 295 new installations registered so far in 2014 were from residential and small commercial systems.
How do we make sure Pennsylvania gets its share of the solar boom and the jobs that go with it? We need good state policies to provide the right market signals to Pennsylvania's consumers and our solar industries. As we draw closer to the November elections, you'll hear the word "jobs" more than you can count. Any leader serious about Pennsylvania jobs should be serious about Pennsylvania solar. See our Clean Energy Wins Policy Road Map for Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency and learn how we can gain ground for clean solar energy.
Evan Endres is project manager for the PennFuture Energy Center and is based in Pittsburgh. He tweets @ER_Endres.