Solar Made Easy for Communities: SolarAPP, SolSmart & GET Solar Communities

07/15/2022 @ 12:00 pm - 07/15/2022 @ 1:00 pm


Solar Made Easy for Communities: SolarAPP, SolSmart & GET Solar Communities

Despite Pennsylvania’s outdated solar goals, local communities across the Commonwealth are experiencing an increase in the number of requests from businesses, organizations, landowners, and residents to install solar energy systems. Fortunately, resources are available to support our communities in their pursuit of energy independence and security through solar.

Please join the Pennsylvania Solar Center as we explore programs such as SolarAPP+, an advanced solar permitting software program that fosters efficient, user-friendly permitting for rooftop solar projects. Ron Celentano, Technical Advisor for the Philadelphia Solar Energy Association, will join us to discuss how SolarAPP+ can streamline permitting, reduce costs and grow residential rooftop solar faster at the local level.

We’ll also be joined by Jim Price, Senior Program Manager for Sustainable Pittsburgh, who will discuss how Pennsylvania’s municipalities can earn recognition for addressing local barriers to solar deployment through programs like SolSmart, a national program that recognizes communities fostering the growth of solar, and Sustainable PA, a certification program for Pennsylvania’s municipalities to demonstrate their commitment to take economic, environmental and social actions that benefit communities, including supporting solar’s development.

The Pennsylvania Solar Center will also feature its G.E.T. Solar Communities program and how communities can compete for resources that support local businesses and nonprofits that want to go solar. Community volunteer teams will receive training, a toolkit, expert outreach support, and an estimate of their community’s solar potential. The Pennsylvania Solar Center will issue RFPs to qualified developers for interested organizations and help them through the solar procurement process.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Ron Celentano, Technical Consultant, Philadelphia Solar Energy Association, President, Pennsylvania Solar and Storage Industries Association (PASSIA) (confirmed)
  • Jim Price, Senior Program Manager, Sustainable Pittsburgh (confirmed)

Who should attend?

  • 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 and government officials and staff, students and media.

We want you there! Special registration arrangements can be made for those who request it by contacting us at

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):

  • Solar for All Schools – Generation 180 & PA Solar Center (August 2022)
  • 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.