Indiana County Solar Co-Op 3
Now with Electric Vehicle Chargers!!
Solar United Neighbors (SUN) is once again partnering with The Indiana County Sustainable Economic Development Task Force, the Indiana County Farm Bureau, and the Indiana County Conservation District to form the third Solar Co-Op. This year, however, Electric Vehicle Charger installations are also covered by the Co-Op. SUN's solar co-ops are non-profit, consumer-focused programs that have helped over 7,500 people across the country get solar installations, electric vehicle chargers, and energy storage. Participants receive free consultation from SUN’s vendor-neutral solar experts and access to exclusive pricing deals from a competitively selected solar installer. The third Indiana County Solar Co-op launched in September 2022 and is open to all county residents and businesses. Click below for details!
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We are working to create a sustainable economy in Indiana County through community engagement and inter-organizational cooperation.
We encourage and pursue new opportunities in economic development, education, and job-training in renewable energy, agriculture, building construction, and environmental restoration and stewardship.
According to the Center for Economic Operations: Workforce development is an essential component of any successful economic development strategy. All employers need access to a well trained workforce and ongoing training programs to keep their workforce skill levels current, to give their companies a competitive edge, to increase productivity, and to continue to grow and expand.
Education, training, and opportunities for continuous learning are critical in order to feed the demand for innovation in today's knowledge-based environments. Universities and community colleges are traditional providers for the continuing education and adult training needs of a community.
Investing in workforce development in the past decades has been challenging due to stiff competition from foreign companies, among many other structural and social based reasons. Sustainable economic development commits to finding ways to overcome these challenges.
The core focus of economic development is business retention, attraction, and development. In low density, rural areas, economic development and meaningful employment opportunities can be difficult to achieve using traditional methods of economic development. In recent decades, local officials have committed to a growth model that responds to a complex, competitive, globalized, and diverse world.
Part of that response involves harnessing growth opportunities from the renewable energy sector, healthy and sustainable agriculture, efficient building construction and renovation, and environmental restoration and stewardship. Using local assets and working with regional partners can result in communities that grow and prosper and are resilient, vibrant, futuristic, and engaged.
Rural Pennsylvania has untapped strengths: abundant natural resources, strong work ethic, solid communities and high quality of life. Sustainable economic development incorporates these traits to ensure that rural areas can share in the nation’s economic growth.