In 2010, City Council and then-Mayor Michael Nutter chartered the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) as an independent municipal authority to provide targeted expertise and focus to Philadelphia’s efforts to reduce energy consumption and expense.
PEA’s core mission includes:
- Identifying, supporting and facilitating the most cost effective and environmentally-sound opportunities for the City of Philadelphia to reduce energy use and expense;
- Promoting and assisting the development of alternative sources of energy, benefiting the retention and development of a local workforce which is essential for the economic prosperity of the City; and,
- Educating Philadelphia’s consumers (including residential, commercial and public sector audiences) regarding best practices and choices available to pursue common energy goals.
Philadelphia Energy Campaign
In February 2016, with the leadership of City Council President Darrell Clarke, PEA launched its first major initiative, the Philadelphia Energy Campaign. It will invest $1 billion in energy efficiency and clean energy projects in the city over 10 years and create 10,000 living wage jobs in the process.
In April 2017, PEA launched Solarize Philly, the first citywide solarize program. Solarize campaigns allow a group of homeowners to install solar together at a reduced price. The more households moving forward, the lower the cost for all participants.
As of March 2021, more than 6,500 households have expressed interest in participating in Solarize Philly from across the city.