Watts & Learn: A Brighter Future: Solar for Pennsylvania Schools

08/19/2022 @ 12:00 pm - 08/19/2022 @ 1:15 pm

A Brighter Future: Solar for Pennsylvania Schools

In the last two years, school districts across the state have doubled down on solar energy to balance the budget and save millions in long-term energy costs. Solar is providing Pennsylvania schools with an array of opportunities as demonstrated by100+ schools in Pennsylvania that are supplying up to 100% of their electricity with solar while integrating solar technology into STEM and career education.

Please join the Pennsylvania Solar Center as we explore Generation180’s May 2022 report on Solar for All Schools in Pennsylvania, where we’ll share important information to help PA schools access the benefits of solar. Shannon Crooker, Pennsylvania Director, Generation180, will join us to discuss how Pennsylvania schools can reduce energy bills, enhance STEM education, support local workforce development, and contribute to building healthier communities. We’ll also be joined by Mick Iskric, Superintendent of Steelton-Highspire School District, who will share their district’s solar story, which includes a 1.6 megawatt (MW) solar array over an abandoned landfill that provides 100% of their district’s electricity. Also, former Superintendent of Midd-West School District and current Education Market Specialist from Greenworks Development, Rick Musselman will discuss how Midd-West School District installed the largest school solar system (2.54 MW) in Pennsylvania and their plans to expand the project to start generating revenue for the district.

We’ll also learn about educational programs and projects that teach students about energy, weather and the environment. Eitan Anouchi, President of AYA Instruments will join us to share how they’re supporting Pennsylvania school districts and to showcase their Energy Discovery Zone and Solar Power Station at Fort Cherry School District equipped with a weather station, solar panels, vertical and shade gardens, self-watering system, ant farm, and mural wall where students, educators and administrators can relax and learn. The Pennsylvania Solar Center and Generation 180 will also feature its G.E.T. Solar for Schools program that offers Pennsylvania K-12 schools with free technical assistance for going solar with no upfront costs. This collaboration will enable more schools to begin saving money on the energy bills and access solar technology that can be used for career and technical education (CTE) and STEM learning.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Shannon Crooker, Pennsylvania Director, Generation180
  • Mick Iskric, Superintendent, Steelton-Highspire School District
  • Rick Musselman, GreenWorks Development; Former Superintendent, Midd-West School District
  • Eitan Anouchi, President, AYA Instruments
  • Sharon Pillar, Founder and Executive Director, Pennsylvania Solar Center

Who should attend?

  • K-12 school leadership: superintendents, facility managers and school board member
  • elected and government officials and staff
  • renewable energy owners, operators and/or investors
  • solar developers
  • general public and anyone interested in learning more!

General Registration is $15 for this webinar; $100 for the 10-webinar series. Free for elected officials, school, and government officials and staff, students and media.

We want you there! Special registration arrangements can be made for complimentary registration for those who request it by contacting us at info@pasolarcenter.org.

Get access to the whole series of 10 webinars in the next 10 months for $100 (as well as recordings from past webinars). Your ticket supports the activities of the PA Solar Center, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

Upcoming Series (Dates and speakers being confirmed):

  • FERC Ruling 2222 and the Office of Public Participation (September 2022)
  • Guidebooks for Leasing Land for Large-Scale Solar Development – Join the PA Solar Center and FairShake Environmental Law Clinic to review their new guidance (October 2022)
  • PV Reuse and Recycling
  • Solar for Green Hydrogen
  • Energy Storage, Microgrids and Solar …..and more.