Pennsylvania Solar Congress

Solar supporters from across the Keystone State will attend the first annual Pennsylvania Solar Congress!

Join us for the 2019 Pennsylvania Solar Congress!

Sunday, February 24
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Community Forge
1256 Franklin Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15221

The Pennsylvania Solar Congress is a free public conference that brings together solar supporters from across the state to learn and discuss the current state and future for solar energy in Pennsylvania. The day will include a series of presentations about solar technology and policy topics as well as ways to get involved with growing solar in Pennsylvania. The day will conclude with a participatory open forum for all attendees to discuss the priorities and opportunities that solar supporters in Pennsylvania should focus on in the coming year.

This event is FREE and open to the public – everyone is welcome to attend!

Whether you are a solar homeowner, completely new to solar, or somewhere in between – this event is for you!

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all attendees, free of charge. More details to come!


9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Doors open, registration, breakfast (provided)

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Welcome remarks – Welcome to the solar movement!

  • Henry McKay, Solar United Neighbors of Pennsylvania

10:40 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Presentations – Session 1

  1. Solar 101 Information Session

Learn the basics of how solar works on a home or small business, solar economics, and the incentives available to you. If you are new to solar or considering going solar, this is the session for you!

  • Andrea Hylant, Solar United Neighbors
  1. Driving Electric

Electric vehicle ownership is continues to grow rapidly across the country as more consumers make the switch and electric utilities plan investments in charging stations. Learn about the benefits and challenges of driving electric as well as an overview of efforts to expand charging infrastructure in Western Pennsylvania.

  • Michael Kirven, Three Rivers Electric Vehicle Association

11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Presentations – Session 2

  1. Solar Homeowner Panel Discussion

Hear direct feedback from solar homeowners about their experiences going solar. Learn about why these solar homeowners made the choice to go solar, what it’s like going solar through a Solar United Neighbors co-op, and more.

  • Robert Bonnett, Solar Homeowner in Marion Center and White Township
  • Jerry Jordan, Pittsburgh Solar Homeowner
  • Krisi Jansa, Pittsburgh Solar Homeowner
  • Fred Kraybill, Pittsburgh Solar Homeowner
  • Joe Romesburg, Washington Solar Homeowner
  1. Crash Course in Pennsylvania Solar Policy

The difference between a state that leads in solar and one that lags is policy. How do Pennsylvania solar policies compare to those of other states? This session will introduce key solar-related concepts like the Alternative Energy Porfolio Standard, the solar carve-out, SRECs, net metering, and more.

  • Henry McKay, Solar United Neighbors of Pennsylvania

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (provided), informal networking, Electric Vehicle Showcase in parking lot

1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. Presentations – Session 3

  1. Grassroots Lobby Training
    Learn how you can be an effective solar citizen lobbyist and advocate for solar rights and access, community solar, and clean energy policies in Pennsylvania.

    • Glen Brand, Solar United Neighbors
  2. Solar + Battery Storage in the residential setting

Heard the hype about battery storage? Come learn about the equipment, economics, and how it really works for a residential solar system.

  • Andrea Hylant, Solar United Neighbors

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Participatory Open Forum Discussion

Join us for an engaging full group discussion about expanding solar access in Pennsylvania

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Closing remarks

  • Henry McKay, Solar United Neighbors of Pennsylvania

Volunteer opportunities at the Solar Congress:

1. Volunteer videographer (2 – 3 volunteers) – we are looking for volunteer videographers with their own high resolution video camera to film presentations and footage during the event.
*If you don’t have a video camera, but would be interested in Facebook live-ing presentations by filming them on your smart phone and streaming them live through our Facebook page, we are looking volunteers to assist with this as well!

2. Sign in table volunteers (2 volunteers) – we are looking for two volunteers to help staff our sign in table, registering attendees at the start of the Pennsylvania Solar Congress.

To sign up for any of these opportunities, email Carra Cheslin at:

Please feel encouraged to share this event with friends, neighbors, colleagues, or community organizations who may be interested!

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