Governor Edward Rendell, in trying to secure his legacy as a proponent of all things “green” shelled out nearly $8 million tax dollars for projects such as 50 new taxis that will run on Compressed Natural Gas.
The money is earmarked for 21 projects across the state that will use biofuels, natural gas, or electricity. Private investors put up another $22.1 to try to boost Pennsylvania as a place for clean energy and innovation.
Rendell talking about how hard the state has tried to create a green energy economy over the past eight years, “that work has paid off today, we have thousands of companies who are employing tens of thousands of workers in green collar jobs.”
Among the companies getting a bit of the pie, Momentum Dynamics in Chester County. It received more than $580,000 to use for developing wireless plug-ins for Electric and Hybrid cars. Philadelphia is getting more than $205,000 to help buy more than 1 million gallons of biodiesel for use in city- owned cars, and PHL Taxi Management was granted $900,000 to buy more than 4-dozen taxis that will run on gas.
“These are exciting projects because they pave the way for consumers to adopt new environmentally friendly and money-saving technologies,” said Rendell.
Rendell says the money will create 221 jobs from the start.
The commonwealth has put about $39 million for 114 similar projects over the past six years. Rendell’s administration says that figure has brought in another $216 million worth of investments from private companies, and other sources.
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