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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, policymakers, and communities. We are committed to establishing high-quality, authentic, and accurate information to assist Pennsylvanians in making educated and sustainable energy choices.

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Founded as the Renewable Energy Center in 2005, 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.  Our outreach has educated thousands about energy and sustainability. In the spirit of Saint Francis, our commitment is to preserving the environment while serving the community. Learn more below!

 

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News Over the Years

  • 2021

    March 2021

    Learn about the tiny classroom outreach project during an on-demand session held at the virtual PA Association of Environmental Educators Conference, March 22 and 23. 

    April 2021

    Scheduled: Learn about sustainable energy at a virtual Science Café: Cosmic Cocktails presentation on Facebook.

  • 2020
    • November 2020

      Students from Earth Science class visited the tiny classroom for short, socially distanced tours and an outdoor solar experiment.

      Solar Lab Activity

      August 2020

      The Institute for Energy has launched a 360-degree tour of the inside of the tiny classroom. View it at www.francis.edu/tiny-classroom

      March 2020

      Representatives from Saint Francis presented at Norwin Middle School’s eighth grade STEM day on March 13, 2020. Mr. Michael Sell, Project Coordinator, discussed wind energy as a source of electricity and provided hands-on activities with model windmills and turbines. Working in groups, students were challenged to lift weights and generate electricity using the power of the wind. 

      February 2020

      Mr. Michael Sell, Project Coordinator, had his article “Reaching sustainability goals through efficiency and off-grid living” and Ms. Allison Rohrs, Energy Specialist, had her article "Utility-scale wind energy development challenges in Pennsylvania, 2018" published in the Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science. The articles are companion pieces to presentations given during the Alternative Energy Symposium at the 2018 annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science.  

      Mr. Sell served as a judge at the IU8/IU11 Regional Competition for the Governor’s STEM Challenge at Juniata College on February 20, 2020. Students from area schools were challenged "to research, design, and present a device or project that can make the quality of life better for Pennsylvanians by accomplishing a series of practical tasks that can fulfill real-world needs."

      Institute staff visited Divine Mercy Catholic Academy students from pre-k to eighth grade to deliver sustainability-themed lessons.

  • 2019

    October 2019
    Institute staff visited Divine Mercy Catholic Academy students from pre-k to eighth grade to deliver weather and air quality lessons. 

    Michael Sell spoke to students in CORE 113: Harvesting Energy in the 21st Century students  on two occasions. The focus of the discussions were solar and wind energies.

    September 2019
    Michael Sell  presented “Energy from the Sun” on September 5, 2019, at the Allegheny Creamery and Crepes in Hollidaysburg, PA. Mr. Sell discussed how solar energy can be used in a variety of heating and electricity producing applications.  

    On the 21st, a display about wind energy was part of the Science Outreach Center's Solar 5K.

    August 2019
    A display about wind energy was presented at sustainability fairs held at Clear Creek and Parker Dam State Parks.

    May 2019
    Michael Sell participated in Quantum Quest Fest with a table on wind energy.

    On May 16, Sell presented "Wind Power!" at the Patton Public Library. The event included hands-on activities for children. The program received coverage from the Mountaineer-Herald.

    On May 31, Sell visited Spring Cove Middle School for a hands-on wind activity with students during STEM day.

    April 2019

    Tiny Classroom - Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence

    The Institute's mobile power lab project received a 2019 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence during a ceremony in Harrisburg.

    Allison Rohrs and Michael Sell served as judges at the 2019 University Park KidWind Challenge.

    Institute staff visited Divine Mercy Catholic Academy students from pre-k to eighth grade to deliver sustainability-themed lessons. 

     Michael Sell participated in Earth Day events organized on the Saint Francis University campus and at the Logan Valley Mall.

    The tiny classroom visited the NEPA Green Fair in Scranton, PA.

    March 2019

    The tiny classroom project has "been selected by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to receive the prestigious 2019 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence." It was one of 17 projects selected this year. "DEP evaluated projects for their degree of environmental protection, innovation, partnership efforts, economic impact, consideration of climate change, and sustainability and results achieved," according to the award  webpage.

    Michael Sell visited students at C.W. Longer Elementary, Hollidaysburg, for a wind weightlifting activity during Science Day.

    Michael Sell spoke at the Drake Well Museum and Park in Titusville, PA, on March 28, as part of the annual Petroleum Program Series. The museum, which is located at the site of the world’s first commercial oil well, features an activity or presentation on a local history or energy topic every Thursday in March. Sell’s talk was titled “Wind Energy in Pennsylvania,” and explored the past, present and future of wind in the state and received front page coverage by the Titusville Herald.

    February 2019
    Michael Sell served as a judge at the IU8 Regional Qualifying Competition for the Governor’s STEM Competition in Altoona on February 5. Students from area schools were “challenged to research, present, and design a device or project that can make the quality of life better for citizens of Pennsylvania.” Each team was judged on creativity, design, scalability, teamwork and other factors. Chestnut Ridge School District placed first and will move on to the state competition.

    2019 STEM Competition

    Michael Sell spoke at the Martinsburg Booster Association's monthly meeting about wind energy in Pennsylvania.

    Students in SCI 201 visited the Colver Power Plant to learn how waste coal is used to make electricity.

    2019 Students Tour Colver Power Plant

    January 2019

    Institute staff visited Divine Mercy Catholic Academy students from pre-k to sixth grade to deliver weather and air quality lessons. The partnership between DMCA and SFU was highlighted in a WTAJ-TV segment and Our Town Johnstown article.

    SFU DMCA Sustainability Lab WTAJ-TV

    Allison Rohrs, director of the Institute, is now recognized as a certified energy manager by the Association of Energy Engineers.

    2019 Allison Rohrs CEM

  • 2018

    December 2018

    Michael Sell presented "Spinning in the Wind" at Science Café: Cosmic Cocktails on December 6, 2018.

    Science Cafe December 2018

    November 2018

    We welcomed community members to the tiny classroom during an SFU Football Saturday, high school students during Science Day, and SFU education students during their class!

    October 2018

    Michael Sell led a Sustainability Merit Badge session for area Boy Scouts on October 6 as part of SFU Merit Badge University 2018. 

    The mobile power lab visited Divine Mercy Catholic Academy for sustainability programming. Read more about the tiny classroom project.

    September 2018

    The annual Solar 5K race was held on campus on September 29.

    The tiny classroom has been out in the community at stops in Cambria and Somerset County. Read more about the tiny classroom project.

    August 2018

    The Institute headed to Clear Creek and Parker Dam State Parks for sustainability fairs. Read more about the tiny classroom project.

    July 2018

    Energy Camp: Supercharged! Loretto Edition was held at Saint Francis University in mid-July. Camp participants built wind-powered vehicles, enjoyed s'mores made in a solar cooker, connected circuits, and much more! Robotics Camp joined the Energy Campers to learn about solar energy at the tiny classroom and ate popcorn made in our solar-powered microwave.

    The tiny classroom traveled to Energypath at DeSales University on July 26. An open house was held for conference attendees, which included participants from across the country.

    June 2018

    Energy Camp: Supercharged! was held at Divine Mercy Catholic Academy, Johnstown. Students participated in three activity-filled days focused on all things energy. A wind turbine experiment was pictured in the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat.

    Students in SFU summer camps visited the tiny classroom at SFU.

    May 2018

    The tiny classroom visited Quantum Quest Fest 2018 on as well as electrical technology students at the Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center May 9.

    On May 30, the unit traveled to Penn State Energy Days.

    May 2018

    The tiny classroom visited Quantum Quest Fest 2018 on as well as electrical technology students at the Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center May 9.

    On May 30, the unit traveled to Penn State Energy Days.

    May 2018

    The tiny classroom visited Quantum Quest Fest 2018 on as well as electrical technology students at the Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center May 9.

    On May 30, the unit traveled to Penn State Energy Days.

    PSU Energy Days

  • July to December 2017

     December 2017

    The Institute's research project about Energy Development on Pennsylvania's Public Lands has been completed.

    The Tiny Classroom project was featured on the front page of the December 11 edition of the Altoona Mirror and picked up by the Associated Press, reaching a national audience.

    November 2017

    Construction of the Institute's tiny classroom is now complete and the unit is on campus! Local high school students visited the mobile power lab for SFU Science Day.  Read more about our new outreach project.

    Students in Allison Rohr's ENGT201/SCI 201 visited the Patton Wind Farm and a solar array installed at A.R Morris, O.D. & Associates in Ebensburg to see renewable energy applications in the field. 

    Michael Sell visited eighth grade students at Richland High School for Careers in Demand Week. Sell spoke about about solar energy and provided a hands-on activity. Solar photovoltaic installer was recently projected to be the fastest growing occupation in the United States over the next ten years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Solar Array November 2017

    October 2017

    Michael Sell visited seventh grade students at Richland High School for Careers in Demand Week. Sell spoke about about wind energy and provided a hands-on activity. Wind turbine service technician was recently projected to be the second fastest growing occupation in the United States over the next ten years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    September 2017

    The Institute exhibited at the Mother Earth News Fair at Seven Springs, PA from the 15-17, speaking to people from across the state and across the country about various renewable energy technologies.

    Solar energy on the farm was the theme of a display the Institute entered at the Hollidaysburg Community Farm Show, from September 18-21.

    Mr. Michael Sell visited Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies to speak with young adults about various energy technologies and possible career opportunities on September 20.

    The Institute represented the planet Neptune at the SFU Science Outreach Center's Solar 5K on September  23, at the Loretto campus.

    September 2017 Events

    August 2017

    The Institute helped coordinate a Great American Eclipse viewing station at the campus mall clock on August 21 along with the SFU Science Outreach Center and Department of Biology. Hundreds turned out for the event! Despite a few clouds from time to time, it was a great experience, as documented by the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat,  WJAC-TV, and the university's Facebook Page.

    Our tiny classroom project was featured in a back to school article in the  Johnstown Tribune-Democrat on August 19.

    August 2017

    The Institute helped coordinate a Great American Eclipse viewing station at the campus mall clock on August 21 along with the SFU Science Outreach Center and Department of Biology. Hundreds turned out for the event! Despite a few clouds from time to time, it was a great experience, as documented by the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat,  WJAC-TV, and the university's Facebook Page.

    Our tiny classroom project was featured in a back to school article in the  Johnstown Tribune-Democrat on August 19.

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  • January to June 2017

    June 2017
    Michael Sell visited the Lily Washington Public Library in Lily, PA to speak about solar energy and provide activities to summer reading program student participants. Children ages three to 10 were able to see solar cars, grasshoppers and other solar powered devices operate in the sunlight.                      

     May 2017

    Michael Sell visited students at Saint Michael School, Loretto, and Clarion Area Elementary School, Clarion, to discuss renewable energy and energy efficiency. 

    "Two Energy Sprout Winners Have Continued Success" - Read about our REACH webtool (Renewable Energy Assessment Clearing House) in this news release from the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund.

    April 2017

    THRIVE Sustainable Economy SummitInstitute staff attended the THRIVE: Sustainable Economy Summit in Indiana, PA on April 21, 2017, which brought together policymakers, business people, farmers, educators, students and other members of western Pennsylvania communities for a discussion about a sustainable economy. Allison Rohrs served as a speaker on an energy innovators panel. She specifically focused her remarks on the Institute’s Pennsylvania wind maps and how they can be used for assessments. Michael Sell spoke as part of a panel on sustainability education and community engagement.

    Allison spoke to students at Penn State University about energy policy on public lands. 

    Michael spoke to students at Juniata College about renewable energy resources.

    Allison and Michael served as judges at the 2017 PA KidWind Challenge.

    The Institute participated in the Earth Day Carnival at SFU and an Earth Day event at the Logan Valley Mall, educating community members about energy, providing demonstrations, and promoting the Institute's resources, including our wind maps and assessment programs.

    THRIVE Sustainable Economy Summit

    March 2017

    Solar panel and lightsInstitute staff attending the kick-off meeting to the Finding Pennsylvania’s Solar Future project in Harrisburg, PA on March 2. The state organized project aims to increase the amount of electricity generated by solar energy in Pennsylvania to 10 percent by 2030.

    Michael Sell visited with students from Portage Area High School, C.W. Longer Elementary School, and Penn-Mont Academy. The Institute was also present at an outreach event at the Logan Valley Mall.

    Solar panel and lights

    February 2017

    Allison Rohrs and Michael Sell were presenters at the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Region Four Farm Day, held at the Pasquerilla Conference Center in Johnstown on February 16. Institute staff spoke about the implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy systems on the farm as well as possible funding opportunities. The Institute also had a table display to educate the approximately 100 people in attendance.

    The Greater Johnstown Water Authority invited Allison Rohrs and Michael Sell to speak at the February 23 meeting of the Cambria County Water Partnership Steering Committee in Johnstown. Institute staff talked about renewable energy opportunities for water authorities. Dr. Joseph Goodwill, Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering and Dalton Mack, a senior Environmental Engineering major, also attended. Institute staff toured the GJWA’s Saltlick Reservoir water treatment plant following the presentation.

    Michael Sell attended the Advanced Wood Energy for Schools, Businesses & Communities Workshop organized by the Pennsylvania State Wood Energy Team on February 17. Held in Phillipsburg, PA, the program included a number of presentations on biomass resources and utilization potential. The event concluded with a tour of the West Branch School District’s recently installed biomass boiler, which uses wood chips as its primary source of heating for the school.

    Michael Sell spoke at the Patton Public Library about infrared energy and its uses for improving energy efficiency in buildings. 

    January 2017

    On January 31, Michael Sell attended a meeting of the Pennsylvania Biomass Energy Association in State College, which included updates on the state’s biomass industry and planning of educational events for 2017.

    Visits to the Keystone Farm Show and Pennsylvania Farm Show helped staff stay up to date on agricultural issues that can affect farmers and energy projects.

    Infrared Windows Lights January 2017Institute staff gave a presentation on the benefits of infrared technology at the Science Outreach Center’s “Science Cafe: Cosmic Cocktails” event on January 5, 2017. Allison Rohrs and Michael Sell discussed how infrared cameras can be used in a variety of applications, with a focus on building energy assessment scenarios. They demonstrated ways to reducing air leaks and heat loss by showing imagery of locations where insulation could be increased and weatherstripping could be added, among other examples. Michael appeared on WTAJ-TV's Central PA Live to briefly demonstrate infrared technology.

    Infrared Windows Lights January 2017

  • 2016

    December 2016

    Community members in Blair County were able to learn about wind energy during a presentation by Michael Sell, project coordinator, on December 15, as part of the monthly Cosmic Treats program held at the Hollidaysburg Area Community Library.

    November 2016

    Students from area schools visited Saint Francis University as part of Science Day on November 22. The Institute presented "The Power of Wind (and Other Energy Sources)," which was followed by hands-on wind and solar activities - pictured. Read more

    As part of PA CareerLink's "Careers in Demand" week, Michael Sell visited Richland High School seventh graders on November 1 to speak about wind energy and provide a hands-on activity with the institute's model wind turbines. Wind turbine technician was ranked as the "fastest growing job in America" by Forbes  in April 2016. On November 3, eighth grade students learned about the rapidly growing solar energy industry and participated in a hands-on solar electricity experiment and solar-powered car race. Our activities have been made possible by the PA Department of Environmental Protection's Environmental Education grants, including a recent $2,710 award for solar energy outreach. 

    Science Day 2016

    October 2016

    Allison Rohrs, Institute Director, was named a 2016 Women in Energy Leadership award recipient by the Pittsburgh Business Times! Read more 

     

     September 2016

    The Institute presented an exhibit titled "Energy on the Farm" at the 2016 Hollidaysburg Community Farm Show, in Blair County, in mid-September.  It was recognized with a second place award in the general agriculture theme division. Visitors were able to learn tips about energy efficiency and renewable energy, including ways to save money on lighting and irrigation as well as different ways to use solar and wind energy on the farm.

    Participants in the SFU Science Outreach Center's Solar 5K race were able to learn about  wind energy as they explored the solar system on September 17. The Institute represented the planet Neptune, which is home to the fastest wind speeds in the solar system, over 1,000 mph!  

    Energy on the Farm Farm Show Display

    July 2016

    The Institute was awarded $3,000 for its third place finish in the statewide Energy Sprout competition held during the Energypath Conference at Penn State University on July 28. The award recognizes the Institute's proposal to develop the REACH interactive online tool, which aims to help Pennsylvanians have a one-stop shop for renewable energy information. Thank you to the Sustainable Energy Fund and West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund for organizing this competition. In addition to the award, Michael Sell attended the Passive House camp and intern Courtney Cruse participated in the Biomass Camp. The Institute also represented the university in the exhibition hall on Thursday and Friday.

    Energy Sprout Award

    Students in grades four to six learned about the amazing world of energy at Energy Camp! Activities included building generators, melting marshmallows with solar energy, experimenting with model wind turbines, building wind powered cars and anemometers, measuring electrical usage and air quality, cookie mining, and more. Participants also saw energy in action during a field trip to local energy sites like the Patton Wind Farm and Prince Gallitzin State Park. Allison Rohrs, director, spoke about her experiences as a wind turbine technician. A concluding activity tasked each child to use their newfound energy knowledge to design their own island, complete with a house and other attractions of their choice, such as a castle, amusement park, stores and more. The students also had to determine how to power their property. Thanks to EverPower Wind Holdings for supporting our program! Learn more about the Science Outreach Center's summer programs.

    Energy Camp

    December 2016

    Community members in Blair County were able to learn about wind energy during a presentation by Michael Sell, project coordinator, on December 15, as part of the monthly Cosmic Treats program held at the Hollidaysburg Area Community Library.

     

    November 2016

    Science Day 2016Students from area schools visited Saint Francis University as part of Science Day on November 22. The Institute presented "The Power of Wind (and Other Energy Sources)," which was followed by hands-on wind and solar activities - pictured. Read more

    As part of PA CareerLink's "Careers in Demand" week, Michael Sell visited Richland High School seventh graders on November 1 to speak about wind energy and provide a hands-on activity with the institute's model wind turbines. Wind turbine technician was ranked as the "fastest growing job in America" by Forbes  in April 2016. On November 3, eighth grade students learned about the rapidly growing solar energy industry and participated in a hands-on solar electricity experiment and solar-powered car race. Our activities have been made possible by the PA Department of Environmental Protection's Environmental Education grants, including a recent $2,710 award for solar energy outreach. 

     October 2016

    Allison Rohrs, Institute Director, was named a 2016 Women in Energy Leadership award recipient by the Pittsburgh Business Times! Read more 

     

     September 2016

    Energy on the Farm Farm Show DisplayThe Institute presented an exhibit titled "Energy on the Farm" at the 2016 Hollidaysburg Community Farm Show, in Blair County, in mid-September.  It was recognized with a second place award in the general agriculture theme division. Visitors were able to learn tips about energy efficiency and renewable energy, including ways to save money on lighting and irrigation as well as different ways to use solar and wind energy on the farm.

    Participants in the SFU Science Outreach Center's Solar 5K race were able to learn about  wind energy as they explored the solar system on September 17. The Institute represented the planet Neptune, which is home to the fastest wind speeds in the solar system, over 1,000 mph!  

     July 2016

    Energy Sprout AwardThe Institute was awarded $3,000 for its third place finish in the statewide Energy Sprout competition held during the Energypath Conference at Penn State University on July 28. The award recognizes the Institute's proposal to develop the REACH interactive online tool, which aims to help Pennsylvanians have a one-stop shop for renewable energy information. Thank you to the Sustainable Energy Fund and West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund for organizing this competition. In addition to the award, Michael Sell attended the Passive House camp and intern Courtney Cruse participated in the Biomass Camp. The Institute also represented the university in the exhibition hall on Thursday and Friday.


    Energy CampStudents in grades four to six learned about the amazing world of energy at Energy Camp! Activities included building generators, melting marshmallows with solar energy, experimenting with model wind turbines, building wind powered cars and anemometers, measuring electrical usage and air quality, cookie mining, and more. Participants also saw energy in action during a field trip to local energy sites like the Patton Wind Farm and Prince Gallitzin State Park. Allison Rohrs, director, spoke about her experiences as a wind turbine technician. A concluding activity tasked each child to use their newfound energy knowledge to design their own island, complete with a house and other attractions of their choice, such as a castle, amusement park, stores and more. The students also had to determine how to power their property. Thanks to EverPower Wind Holdings for supporting our program! Learn more about the Science Outreach Center's summer programs.

    June 2016
    Institute staff toured Pittsburgh's new Energy Innovation Center.

    The Institute participated in the semi-finals of the Energy Sprout community competition, presented by the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund and Sustainable Energy Fund.  Our idea was selected to move on to the final round, which will take place at Energypath in July!

    May 2016

    The Institute was awarded $100,000 from the USDA's Rural Energy for America Program to provide individualized assessments for improving energy use to agricultural producers and rural small businesses throughout Pennsylvania. Read Congressman Bill Shuster's congratulatory message. In addition, the Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund, administered through The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, provided $17,000 matching funds for the project.  

    Quantum Quest Fest at Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center brought 300 students together to learn about a variety of science topics. The Institute spoke about wind energy and demonstrated how this resource can be used to do work (such as lifting weights) and generate electricity.

    The Institute participated in the SFU Science Outreach Center's R-SPACE program for second graders at C.W. Longer Elementary School, Hollidaysburg.

    Michael Sell visited students at Saint Michael School, Loretto, and Saint Patrick School, Newry.  

    Quantum Quest Fest 2016

    April 2016 
     Approximately 50 Career and Workforce students in 8th grade at Johnstown Middle School learned about electricity and wind energy production before participating in a hands-on activity. The presentation was a precursor to a trip to the Patton Wind Farm the following day.

    Kite Day - Hollidaysburg Area Public Library - Will Hillenbrand, author of Kite Day, was on hand for a PA OneBook program. SFU's R-SPACE provided a planetarium and wind activity and there was also craft activity.  

    The SFU Earth Day Carnival was held at the JFK Lounge on Tuesday, the 19th. More than 450 were in attendance! 

    The Institute visited MetLife Johnstown's Earth Fair on Earth Day to educate employees about sustainable topics, like energy use.

    Sixth grade students at Penn-Mont Academy spent an April morning learning about wind and solar energy during a presentation and hands-on activities with Michael Sell.

    New solar curriculum will be developed thanks to a $2710 grant provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. 

    SFU Earth Day Carnival 2016

    March 2016 
    Michael Sell visited fourth grade Girl Scouts in Duncansville to discuss energy efficiency and conduct an audit with them. 

    Michael Sell  served as a judge at the 2016 PA KidWind Challenge. See  video and  read more. 

    January 2016 
    The Institute kicked off its new home energy auditing program by conducting it's first energy assessment. Learn more about our assessment program.  

Institute for Energy Publications


Energy Development on Pennsylvania’s Public Lands

A comprehensive review of energy development on Pennsylvania's Public Lands 

READ THE FULL REPORT

VIEW SUMMARY AND INTERACTIVE MAPS

 

Pennsylvania Wind Farms

A Listing of farms, locations, number of turbines and more   

VIEW THE MAP AND TABLE

 

Learn More About Our Research Projects

 

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
  • A. J. and Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust
  • L. Robert Kimball and Associates
  • The DeGol Organization
  • L.S. Fiore Inc.
  • and more

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