Live from Solar States Studios Philadelphia, PA - a show about the state solar! Each week we leave you gasping for air and dancing 'round your living room with a noggin-full of knowledge about all things solar.
Will there be laughs? Sure. Will there be practical ways to engage in your community? You bet. Will there be an audience? Boy, do we hope...
Solar States is a Philadelphia-based solar installer founded in 2008 with a dual-mission to install solar and educate the next generation.
#23 The Godfather of Solar w/ Ron Celentano
This week it's THE GODFATHER! That's right the Godfather of Solar himself joins us - Ron Celentano. Ron's advice saved Solar States years ago and today might save YOU. We talk PA solar policy achievements, the future of Net Metering, challenges to solar growth from here, community solar, solar for farmers and SO. MUCH. MORE.
It's....YOOOOOOOOO Sun!!! episode 23!
#22 The State of Solar in PA w/ 2x guest Laura Rigell and eco(n)law's C. Baird Brown
Episode 22 is all about the solar market in our great state of Pennsylvania.
Laura Rigell (previously Director of the Philadelphia Energy Authority) is joined by C. Baird Brown, principal at eco(n)law and legal counsel for the PEA.
Baird shares his perspective on the state of solar here in PA and Emily discusses the discrepancy they (the PEA) discovered in the way Net Metering was being implemented in PA, and what her team and Baird have done to right the issue.
#21 From High School Dropout to Master Electrician w/ Thomas Glenn
Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear boots and drive a Prius, and Thomas Glenn is one of those. Thomas came to us through our free solar education programs five years ago, and has advanced to become a Philadelphia Master Electrician. He is leaving this summer for a big move to Colorado with his fiancè.
Thomas shares his full story from dropping out of High School to finding the free training programs, graduating them, accepting his job for Solar States and evolving at our company over the years.
#20 The Utility-Side of Solar w/ Brian Barr of PECO Green Power Connect
Brian Barr is Manager of PECO's Green Power Connect team, a group committed to creating more opportunities for solar energy in Greater Philadelphia. On this episode we get DEEP into the nitty gritty of how a utility is involved in the process of going solar. The process can get complicated. Brian, Jared, and Micah boil it down.
#19 North Philly's Very Own Marc Shackelford-Rowell
After graduating from Philadelphia OIC and an internship with the Philadelphia Energy Authority, Marc joined Solar States and has since become a master of all trades for us. In this episode, he speaks to Micah and Jared about his first installation as an installer, his experience with Solar States including his massive achievement shortening the time-to-permit for all solar installs in Philadelphia, and his path to becoming a solar homeowner. As Micah says, he's "the greenest dude of anyone I know."
#18 Going From "Me" to "We" w/ Sustainable Entrepreneur Judy Wicks
Judy Wicks is an entrepreneur, author, speaker and mentor working to build a more compassionate, just, regenerative and locally-based economy. She joined us to discuss her approach to a carbon-free life both at home and in business, and discussed her non-profits and how they're building more sustainable economies in PA and across the nation.
Learn more at circleofauntsanduncles.com, judywicks.com, proudpennsylvania.org.