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Institute for Energy

  • Energy for Today and for the Future

    At the Saint Francis University Institute for Energy (IFE) we work to be a reliable source of energy information for businesses, schools, policy makers, and communities. We are committed to establishing high-quality, authentic, and accurate information to assist Pennsylvanians in making educated and sustainable energy choices.

    Contact Us 

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    Allison Rohrs, Director
    Michael Sell, Project Coordinator
    Phone: 814-472-2872
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    Our Work...

    Since our founding as the Renewable Energy Center in 2005, we have educated a diverse number of individuals, farms, schools, municipalities, and businesses in Pennsylvania and beyond. The organization identifies barriers to sustainable energy use and sets up programs to overcome them through outreach and research . The university's wind analysis has led to more than 200 MW of installed wind energy capacity in PA and our programs have encouraged Pennsylvanians to pursue a variety of clean energy projects.  In the spirit of Saint Francis, our commitment is to preserving the environment while serving the community. Learn more below!

    Energy Development on Pennsylvania's Public Lands Research Paper >

    REACH LogoStarting a renewable energy project? Visit our Renewable Energy Assessment Clearing House (REACH) webtool

    We are constructing a mobile tiny power lab! Read about our tiny classroom project. 

  • Energy Services

    Energy Services  

    The Institute for Energy provides a variety of services to the public, including:

    • renewable energy and energy efficiency assessments for homes, businesses and farms
    • classroom visits
    • seminars
    • tours
    • and more!

    Pennsylvania Wind Maps

    Pennsylvania Wind Maps
    Explore Pennsylvania's wind resource with our state and county wind maps and interactive explorer. Assess the resource at your location to see if installing a wind turbine is feasible.

    Energy Research
    Energy Research 

    We research issues facing the energy industry in the Commonwealth to create policy framework to ensure the energy industry continues to thrive.

    Energy In Pennsylvania

    Energy in Pennsylvania
    Pennsylvania has been and continues to be an energy rich state. Learn about the state's energy resources and how they are utilized.

  • PA Renewable Energy Business Directory

    Pennsylvania Renewable Energy Business Directory
    In need of an installer for your clean energy project? See 75+ listings in the following categories:

    • biomass
    • geothermal
    • hydro
    • solar
    • wind
    • energy efficiency

    Study Energy 

    Submenu - Study Energy 
    Working in the energy industry offers unique opportunities for a rewarding career. Saint Francis University offers several energy related programs of study

    Energy News & Publications

    Energy News and Publications
    Stay up to date with recent energy news and learn what we have been up to lately.

    Sustainability @ SFU

    Sustainability at SFU
    Learn about Saint Francis University's efforts to go green.

  • Thank You for Your Support!

    Our success would not be possible without the great support of our benefactors. We thank everyone who has made it possible for us to offer energy technical assistance and education services to rural Pennsylvanian businesses and communities.

    Past and Present Funders include:

    • Community Foundation for the Alleghenies
    • Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and Metropolitan Edison Sustainable Energy Fund of the Berks County Community Foundation
    • West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund
    • PPL Sustainable Energy Fund
    • The Reinvestment Fund's Sustainable Development Fund
    • Constellation, an Exelon company
    • USDA Rural Development
    • U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
    • U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Powering America Program
    • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
    • Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
    • The Heinz Endowments
    • R.K. Mellon Foundation
    • L. Robert Kimball and Associates
    • The DeGol Organization
    • L.S. Fiore Inc.
    • and more