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Beth Shalom and Pittsburgh leaders introduce new solar initiative

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On this Earth Day, the congregation at Beth Shalom and Pittsburgh leaders have introduced a new solar initiative. Part of it included the dedication of solar panels on the roof of the synagogue.

Beth Shalom in Squirrel Hill flipped the switch on its new solar initiative on Thursday.

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Richard Feder, who is a member of Beth Shalom, said, "This is so wonderful for the congregation for the environment and it's wonderful we are doing it on Earth Day."

State, county and city leaders were by the congregation's side to dedicate solar panels on the roof of the building.

Pennsylvania Senator Jay Costa, said, "My hats off to the leadership of Beth Shalom and all the folks on the committee that worked to make this happen."

Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto said, "Beth Shalom has partnered with the city of Pittsburgh in purchasing energy which saves money. What wasn't mentioned is that 100 percent of that energy is renewable."

Peduto talked about the city's effort to make Pittsburgh carbon-free.

He said, "We announced a new initiative, an executive order, that I signed that will make the city net-zero by 2050. What that means is that the entire city of Pittsburgh will be using as much energy as we are producing and we'll be producing renewable energy in order to meet our needs."

Beth Shalom said it wants to be a leader in climate change mitigation.

"I know that there are those that look at climate change as a conspiracy, but there are others that look at it as an opportunity," Peduto said.

The $250,000 project took about four years to plan.

The installation of the 56-kilowatt solar array project took about a month.

The synagogue received a $125,000 grant from Allegheny County's Community Infrastructure Tourism Fund.

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