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 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

Lancaster County

Join us on October 7, 2021, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm to honor these organizations and businesses for their stellar solar leadership. Many of the organizations will also be showing short and inspiring videos to highlight their solar projects and the reasons they have gone solar or are working in the solar industry. REGISTER (free) HERE:

  • 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. 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 PA  on Feb. 11 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