By Jim Wylie & Paula Kline, The Sylvanian, Winter 2019 Southeastern PA Sierra Club Newsletter, December 13, 2019
On October 19, 2019, Ready for 100/Chester County hosted a tour on the National Solar Tour. We visited 35 sites, covering the better part of the whole county, and welcomed over 200 participants at installed and operation examples of:
Rooftop residential solar systems
Battery storage systems
Large commercial solar operations – including a 1.1 MW array at a mushroom farm
Ground-source heat pumps
Air-source heat pumps (owner installed)
Net-zero, passive solar homes
Solar powered robotic lawnmowers
Renewable gas producing digesters
Home energy efficiency measures – including an in-progress blower door test by PECO Home Energy Assessments program
Electric vehicles and charging stations
And much more
The Chester County Clean Energy Tour of 2019 was the culmination of a vision by Paula Kline, Ready For 100/Chester County team leader. Paula committed to joining the national solar tour in the spring of 2019 and spent eight months lining up volunteers (about 15), endorsements from elected officials and energy related organizations and sponsors (commercial) and co-sponsors (env orgs). A huge undertaking that ultimately included four kickoff sites with hosts and presenters and visual materials that can be used for future renewable energy related events….
Will you march with us for 100% renewable energy on December 6th 5:30-9 p./m. in West Chester?
Maybe you are someone who started marching for the climate in DC on a bitter February (2013) or in NY at the People’s Climate Marches (April 2014 and 2017). Or maybe you joined the March for Science or the one in November 2015 before the Paris Climate talks.
Closer to home, you have an opportunity to bring our positive, solution focused message to thousands of residents in southeastern PA at the annual West Chester Christmas Parade on Friday December 6th!
This is one way we can support the Youth Climate movement which is calling for action on December 6th. As world leaders gather at the UN’s annual climate conference, young people across America will join a national #ClimateStrike to take the momentum from their September strike to elected officials’ doorsteps.
We’ve planned a great Clean Energy Contingent. We’ll have signs for each of the 25 communities that have passed resolutions EV cars dressed as reindeer “pulling” Santa’s sleigh (a red EV) a beautiful sun puppet wind turbines clean energy banners a banner for each of our county groups Come help us share the good news about renewable, clean energy by marching and proudly carrying a sign, poster or banner.
To learn more, register here, no later than November 20th
Important Upcoming date Dress rehearsal: Sunday November 24 2:00-4:00pm (Location to be determined; check calendar here)
[N.b.: this is the bottom line of our earlier article “Rain gardens / green infrastructure / Stream Protection Fee“: Our community, county and country need to see that water runoff goes back into the aquifer. Chester County does not have a problem right now, due to lots of rainfall; see much interesting data at Chester County Water Resources Authority. But the point is to be ready for any future droughts by getting our water recharging systems in place, as well as reducing excess runoff and toxic matter flowing into streams. And our municipalities do rely on the aquifer for water for human use, whether directly by pumping or indirectly by drawing water from streams.]
Photo by John_Brueske/iStock
On the surface, it’s pretty obvious how humans have altered lakes and rivers over the past century; dams have turned rivers into strings of reservoirs, the Mississippi River is more or less a concrete-lined sluice, and artificial ponds have proliferated by the thousands. Less apparent, but perhaps just as important, is how tapping into the groundwater systems that underlie the United States has impacted those streams and lakes as well. Now, a new detailed study in the journal Science Advancesshows how much groundwater pumping has impacted those water bodies, in some cases reducing their flows by half. …