November 24, 2020

Pennsylvania colleges, NCC, and other stakeholders push for the uptake of renewable energy

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Hurricanes bracing the Gulf Coast, wildfires, and extreme weather conditions in Pennsylvania have served as a reminder that climate change must be dealt with effectively to prevent more troubles. A study by the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center depicts that the higher education institutions in Pennsylvania are leading the race to minimize carbon emissions and revitalize the environment.

About eight schools in Pennsylvania have taken up clean, renewable energy and are championing electric vehicle technology uptake. The schools selected are representative samples, considering they teach students versatile skills that prepare them for the job market. The schools highlighted in the study include Northampton Community College, Bryn Mawr College, Swarthmore College, Lebanon Valley College, and Chatham University, among others.

NCC became the first to supply 100 percent renewable electricity. The college is the first to earmark its buildings utilizing clean energy to showcase the possibility of any institution running on clean energy to stop the concepts that it takes time to replace energy systems with renewable energy. NCC enters the clean energy transition to complement the efforts displayed by Google, Bank of America, and other institutions leading this noble journey. The named agencies have received awards from the US Environmental Protection Agency for observing environmental stipulations to counter emissions and global warming.

NCC obtained over $350000 to help manufacturers, producers, and other commercial businesses to strategize on methods that cancel pollutants from being expunged to the environment. NCC is pulling strings to ensure that it motivates other institutions to enter the transition race to clean energy. Currently, the college boasts of its capacity to meet its electricity needs with renewable energy. 

These colleges are researching thermal storage technology and maximizing renewable energy storage to accelerate their uptake even in industries. This strategy will revolutionize how the citizens view renewable energy and minimize negative climatic impacts resulting from the consumption of fossil fuels. The pilot programs for the research and development activities under study are ongoing on the campuses before they can agree on implementing it all together once the government authenticates its safety.

Elsewhere, engineers who have developed electric vehicles teach mechanical engineering interns how they can make adjustments on these vehicles’ hoods without electrocution. This strategy demonstrates the desire of the stakeholders to meet the environmental regulations stated in the acts. Finally, the coronavirus pandemic’s recuperation plan will help the nation take up renewable energy and realign its economy to be an epitome of clean energy. Communities and institutions are eventually accepting the destructive nature of fossil fuels and making a comeback with renewables.