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In coal country, a flood of money to build other businesses
Grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission support innovative job creation and training efforts in coal communities
Pennsylvania Expands Solar Incentive Program: $5,000 Grants; $40,000 Loans
The State of Pennsylvania has earmarked $30 million for an initiative that will pay companies $5,000 for every solar job created and loan up to $40,000 on solar projects. “Developing new renewable energy sources including solar is critical to ensuring Pennsylvania has a balanced and diverse energy mix that maintains our position as a major energy producing state,” said Gov. Tom Wolf.
Holdouts Pursue a Risky Strategy in Coal-Comeback Expectations
“The coal industry has stabilized, but it’s not going to come back,” said Blair Zimmerman, a former miner and now the commissioner for Greene County, one of Pennsylvania’s oldest coal regions. “We need to look at the future.”