The PA Solar PAC, a new organization dedicated to supporting candidates who support strong solar energy policies for Pennsylvania, announced today that 90% of its endorsed candidates were successful in their campaigns and were elected or re-elected to serve in the General Assembly. From incumbents to new members and House to Senate races, the bipartisan slate of candidates were identified by PA Solar PAC as “Solar Champions” and “Solar Job Creators” for their work and commitments to advance pro-solar energy policies to grow the commonwealth’s economy. They include:
- State Rep. Aaron Kaufer, HD-120, Solar Champion
- State Rep. Lori Mizgorski, HD-30, Solar Job Creator
- State Rep.-Elect Dianne Herrin, HD-156, Solar Job Creator
- State Rep. Peter Schweyer, HD-22, Solar Champion
- State Rep. David Millard, HD-109, Solar Champion
- State Rep. K.C. Tomlinson HD-18, , Solar Job Creator
- State Rep. Donna Bullock, HD-195, Solar Champion
- State Rep. Johnathan Hershey, HD-82, Solar Champion
- State Senator-elect Carolyn Comitta, SD-19, Solar Champion
“It’s clear from these election results that Pennsylvania voters want to be represented by legislators who value the role solar energy can play in strengthening Pennsylvania’s economy, creating jobs and securing diverse energy generation sources,” said Leslie Elder, executive director of PA Solar PAC. “We are pleased that these state representatives and state senators can now work to deliver on their platforms and previous legislation that will create greater access to solar energy for Pennsylvania consumers and grow new markets that can bring billions of dollars in private investment to our commonwealth.”
One such policy is community solar legislation, HB 531/SB 705, which would expand access to solar energy for Pennsylvanians who want to save money on their energy bills, generate income for farmers who lease their land to projects, and create $1.8 billion in short-term economic output, including 12,000 total jobs, according to a recent Penn State analysis. The proposal has been widely supported by business, conservative and agricultural advocates including the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. Rep. Aaron Kaufer and Rep. Donna Bullock, endorsed PA Solar PAC candidates, are prime sponsors of the bipartisan House legislation, and Reps. Comitta, Hershey, Schweyer and Millard are also sponsors.
PA Solar PAC was formed in 2020 to capitalize on the myriad opportunities available to strengthen Pennsylvania’s solar economy and ensure that legislators who drive these policies forward and bring their benefits to fruition serve in the General Assembly. The organization will continue to invest in races throughout the commonwealth to support candidates who will position Pennsylvania to be more competitive in attracting solar investment and building this powerhouse sector of the economy.
News item from the PA Solar PAC