The Lodestar Award

PA Solar Center Director Sharon Pillar presenting Angela Garcia, Executive Director of Global Links, with the Lodestar Award
PA Solar Center Director Sharon Pillar presenting Angela Garcia, Executive Director of Global Links, with the Lodestar Award for their solar leadership

The word Lodestar historically referred to a star used in navigation but now connotes an entity that is leading the way. With the Lodestar Award, the PA Solar Center recognizes the inspirational leadership of Pennsylvania-based organizations and businesses that are demonstrating leadership throughout the diverse field of solar energy. The solar energy industry touches a wide swath of the economy from the manufacturing and supply chain and the installation of solar, to the people who choose to invest in solar and those that operate and maintain the technology as well as the ancillary and co-beneficial industries such as Agrivoltaics. Solar energy saves organizations, businesses, homeowners, and communities money and employs people across all educational levels in every county of Pennsylvania, producing ripple effects in the economy of rural, suburban, and urban communities across the Commonwealth.

In addition, we understand that organizations or businesses that have gone solar and sell their solar renewable energy credits (SREC) or are under a power purchase agreement with a third party in control of their SRECs are not permitted to claim that their facilities are powered with solar. With the Lodestar Award, these organizations can publicly display their dedication to solar energy and show that their company or organization is a luminary in solar energy, without violating the rules around claiming environmental attributes.

We hope that organizations and businesses will accept our award and display it on their website as a badge of pride in solar advancement and also as an inspiration for others to do the same.

If your organization and business is interested in receiving the Lodestar Award, please contact us at info@pasolarcenter.org and we will respond with the virtual “award” and information about displaying the Lodestar logo on your webpage or social media.

In addition, be sure that your project is included on our solar installation map.

 

Lodestar Award Ceremonies

Dauphin County

We will hold our Lodestar Award ceremony for Dauphin County on April 11, 2024, to honor organizations and businesses for their stellar solar leadership. (Register here!) Many of the organizations will show short and inspiring videos to highlight their solar projects and the reasons they have gone solar or are working in the solar industry. Honorees include:

  • Arney Bros., Inc. Excavation
  • Commonwealth Charter Academy
  • Dauphin County Industrial Development Authority
  • Greenworks Development
  • Millersburg Pharmacy
  • Solar Renewable Energy
  • Vartan Group
  • Wilsbach

 

Chester County

We held our Lodestar Award ceremony for Chester County on September 27, 2023, to honor organizations and businesses for their stellar solar leadership. Many of the organizations also showed short and inspiring videos to highlight their solar projects and the reasons they have gone solar or are working in the solar industry. Honorees included:

  • A. Duie Pyle
  • Berwyn Squash & Fitness Club
  • Blue Moon Florist
  • Buck Run Farm
  • Chester County Intermediate Unit
  • Church Farm School
  • Delaware Valley Friends School
  • Franklin Commons
  • Great Valley School District
  • Knox Equipment Rentals
  • Longwood Gardens
  • Lyons & Hohl
  • Stargazers Vineyard & Winery
  • Sun Center Studios
  • United Sports
  • West Chester Borough
  • Yates Mushroom and Produce Co.

 

Allegheny County

We held our Lodestar Award ceremony for Allegheny County on May 4, 2023, to honor organizations and businesses for their stellar solar leadership. Many of the organizations also showed short and inspiring videos to highlight their solar projects and the reasons they have gone solar or are working in the solar industry. Honorees included:

  • BCI Steel
  • Carnegie Science Center
  • Chatham University
  • City of Pittsburgh
  • Eaton
  • EIS Solar
  • EOS Energy Storage
  • Felician Sisters of North America
  • Forest Hills Municipal Center
  • Full Tilt Energy Systems
  • Global Links
  • Millvale Community Center
  • Millvale Library
  • New Sun Rising
  • NexTracker
  • Penner & Associates Architects
  • Phipps Conservatory
  • PITT OHIO
  • Pittsburgh International Airport
  • Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • Sankofa Village
  • Scalo Solar
  • Paul’s Episcopal Church
  • Tree Pittsburgh
  • University of Pittsburgh

 

Westmoreland/Blair/Somerset Counties

We held our Lodestar Award ceremony for Westmoreland, Blair, and Somerset Counties on November 17, 2022, to honor organizations and businesses for their stellar solar leadership. Many of the organizations also showed short and inspiring videos to highlight their solar projects and the reasons they have gone solar or are working in the solar industry. Honorees included:

  • Epic Metals Corporation
  • Exodus Renewables
  • Green Solar Systems
  • Levin Furniture
  • Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County
  • Saint Francis University
  • Sheetz
  • Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

 

The Lehigh Valley

We held our Lodestar Award ceremony for the Lehigh Valley on October 27, 2022, to honor organizations and businesses for their stellar solar leadership. Many of the organizations also showed short and inspiring videos to highlight their solar projects and the reasons they have gone solar or are working in the solar industry. Honorees included:

  • Black River Farms
  • Country Meadows Retirement Community
  • Crayola
  • Lehigh Gap Nature Center
  • Solar Innovations Architectural Glazing Systems

 

Northeastern Pennsylvania

We held our Lodestar Award ceremony for Northeastern Pennsylvania on March 3, 2022, to honor organizations and businesses for their stellar solar leadership. Many of the organizations also showed short and inspiring videos to highlight their solar projects and the reasons they have gone solar or are working in the solar industry. Honorees included:

  • A. Rifkin Co.
  • Barley Creek Brewing Company
  • Barbour Grass Fed Beef
  • Clean Energy Cooperative
  • East Lycoming School District
  • Endless Energy
  • Harmony Beverage
  • Hemsarth Dairy
  • Kinsley Family Shoprite (as of November 9, 2023)
  • Pocono Raceway

Speakers included State Senator Mario Scavello (R-Monroe); Dr. Marleen Troy, Professor of Environmental Engineering at Wilkes University; and Chris Weigand, President of the Clean Energy Cooperative.

 

Lancaster County

We held our Lodestar Award ceremony for Lancaster County on October 7, 2021, to honor organizations and businesses for their stellar solar leadership. Many of the organizations also showed short and inspiring videos to highlight their solar projects and the reasons they have gone solar or are working in the solar industry. Honorees included:

  • RETTEW
  • Paradise Energy Solutions
  • Lancaster Travel Plaza
  • GT Discount Auto Parts
  • Universal Athletic Club
  • Shady Maple Farm Market
  • Belmont Solar
  • Slaymaker Electric and Automation
  • Prospect Self Storage
  • Cherry Crest Farm
  • MVE Group
  • Rohrer Seeds
  • Cherry Hill Orchards
  • Hershvale Farms
  • H&F Tire Service
  • The Cope Company

 

Beaver and Washington Counties

Our Lodestar Award ceremony was held for Beaver and Washington Counties on May 20, 2021. Speakers included: The Honorable PA State Senator Camera Bartolotta; John Vernacchia, Energy Transition Segment Director for Eaton Corporation; and Don Kretschmann, Owner of Kretschmann Organic Farm.

Awardees included:

  • Acutran
  • Beaver Agway
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Felician Sisters of Beaver Falls
  • Greater Washington County Food Bank
  • Greenetech Manufacturing
  • Kretschmann Organic Farm
  • Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
  • Washington County

 

Northcentral Pennsylvania

Our first Lodestar Award Ceremony was held for Northcentral Pennsylvania on February 11, 2021, and the Lodestar Award was provided to the following awardees:

  • BAI Group
  • Burkholder’s Market
  • Centre County Board of Commissioners
  • Envinity
  • Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery
  • KOA Campground
  • Milheim Borough Council
  • Organic Climbing
  • Owens Family Farm
  • Sun Directed

Speakers included: Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, PA State House; Dr. Paul Shrivastava, Chief Sustainability Officer at The Penn State University; Caroline Owens of the Owens Family Farm whose sheep graze the Susquehanna University solar field.