West Chester Ahead of Curve in Preparing for Impacts of Climate Change

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Image via the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce.

The Borough of West Chester has voted unanimously to become the nation’s 45th municipality to commit to transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy, writes Joseph Bebon for Solar Industry Magazine.

This makes West Chester the second municipality in Pennsylvania to make this decision after Phoenixville.


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The resolution calls for the borough to power all of its electricity with renewable energy by 2035, as well as all transportation and heating by 2050. To help with this, a council or contractor will be commissioned to design a more detailed transition plan by Earth Day 2019. This will ensure that the borough achieves its goal in an equitable way.

“West Chester Borough has a long record of action to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and to prepare for the impacts of climate change, and now we are ready to do much more,” said West Chester Mayor Jordan Norley.

He said that the actions taken to conserve energy and transition to clean energy will also bring a number of benefits to the borough’s residents, economy, and environment.

Read more about West Chester’s clean energy plan in Solar Industry Magazine here.

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