Watts & Learn: How Solar Can Increase Grid Resiliency and Address Cybersecurity

04/08/2022 @ 12:00 pm - 04/08/2022 @ 1:15 pm


How Solar Can Increase Grid Resiliency and Address Cybersecurity

Solar energy plays an important role in securing a more resilient, cyber-secure electrical grid in Pennsylvania. Solar’s ability to be widely “distributed” on residential and large roofs, marginal lands, and many other locations across Pennsylvania – as opposed to being centralized – offers a strong option for addressing the myriad of potential disruptions that can occur to the grid’s infrastructure. And when combined with energy storage, local energy needs can be met immediately without having to wait on the delivery of an off-site fuel source.

As more and more distributed solar electricity generation is brought online, researchers, technology developers, solar developers and grid operators are paying close attention to the potential for solar to enhance grid cybersecurity. Although nobody may know when, where, or how the next cyberattack will take place, there are security measures, technical solutions, and management practices that are being implemented across the industry to protect against network control issues and grid operations. Everyone participating in the solar value chain stands to gain from a coordinated, iterative approach to protect against cyber vulnerabilities and build deeper resilience into the architecture of our grid.

Join us as we discuss how solar is enhancing resilience and cybersecurity by mitigating risks before a cyber-attack can occur. We’ll hear from researchers evaluating new developments in areas of industry standardization and cybercriminal activity. We’ll also learn more from organizers that have convened multi-disciplinary cybersecurity working groups, as well as a solar developer’s experiences addressing cybersecurity issues in Pennsylvania.


Andy Walker, Sr. Research Fellow I-Mechanical Engineering, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

• David Benton, Partnership Development Manager, Cybersecurity, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

• Kirsten Verclas, Managing Director, National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)

• Campbell Delahoyde, Program Director, National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)

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 legislative staff.

Please don’t let financial obstacles prevent you from attending. We want you there! Special arrangements can be made 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 and is 100% tax deductible as we are under the fiscal sponsorship of New Sun Rising, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

Upcoming Series (Dates and speakers being confirmed):

  • Guidance for Leasing Land for Large-Scale Solar Development – Join the PA Solar Center and Fair Shake Environmental Law Clinic to review their new guidance (Summer 2022)
  • Municipal Zoning for Large-Scale Solar Development
  • PV Reuse and Recycling
  • NREL’s SolarApp – Solar Permitting for Municipalities Made Easy
  • Energy Storage, Microgrids and Solar

….. and more.