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Now that the U.S. has weaned itself off of its reliance on liquid fuel from across the ocean, it’s battling a dependency of another kind as the transition from fossil fuels to renewables continues.

It’s not easy for rural residents who already buy into all the benefits renewables, electric vehicles and energy efficiency have to offer. For those who are less willing, or less able, it could be impossible, at least without help.

U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, of Pennsylvania, announced the Solar Supply Chain Act to invest $700 million annually over the next four years to expand domestic solar component manufacturing. The next day, U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan, of Ohio, and Dan Kildee, of Michigan, introduced the Solar Energy Manufacturing for America Act to provide tax credits for American solar component manufacturers. 

The Pennsylvania Farmland Preservation program recommends prime farmland soil remain available for agricultural production and that solar development instead take place on rooftops, impervious surfaces or on less productive soils. The problem is there is no mechanism at the state level to control siting of utility-scale solar projects.

Farm, forestry and conservation groups have been talking about carbon markets for several years. Legislators and those in the agriculture and forestry industries are still debating exactly how the roles of the federal government and the private sector fit together in carbon markets.

The Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan 2021 details 18 actions that would help the state meet Gov. Tom Wolf’s goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 26% by 2025 and 80% by 2050. It also laid out ways the state can adapt to the impacts of climate change already being experienced, like heat waves and flooding.

The Energy Jobs & Justice Act would require retail electric providers to submit carbon reduction plans to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio detailing how they will reach a 50% in carbon emissions by 2030 and 100% reduction by 2050.

The newly approved facilities will cover a combined 2,300 acres of land in Defiance, Erie and Hardin counties. The Ohio Power Siting Board approved a dozen utility-scale solar projects so far this year. These projects, if they are all built, will sit on about 13,500 acres of land and produce 2,200 MW of electricity.

The solar farm at Northwest Local Schools is home to the Northwest SCCTC FFA chapter's first sheep flock and on-school farm.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a $464 million investment in renewable energy infrastructure last week. Projects like on-farm solar arrays and other energy efficiency upgrades were funded in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.