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As the saying goes, you’ve got to make hay while the sun shines, and that’s just what Fred Kraybill does everyday with his residential solar array in Point Breeze. Join GBA for a tour of a solar installation and an on-site presentation on the opportunities for solar power in Allegheny County.
Come see a solar array in action, from solar panel to circuit breaker panel, and learn about the process of installing panels on a roof and on a mounted array. Explore the importance of net metering, interconnection with the utility vs. going off the grid, the Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC), federal tax incentives, and the payback period for solar in Pennsylvania.
Fred Kraybill, the solar array owner and our first presenter, has been heavily involved in recent efforts to increase solar installations in Western Pennsylvania thanks to his work with the Solarize Point Breeze campaign, and he will discuss the work of Solarize Allegheny and lessons learned from the campaign in Point Breeze. Fred will be joined by a representative from EIS Solar, who will talk about common considerations that solar installers weigh when analyzing a project.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Architects, engineers, landscape architects, contractors, residential and commercial property owners, realtors, and interested residents of Allegheny County.
1. Understand how solar power works, from solar panel to breaker box.
2. Explore the engineering considerations that go into deciding whether a site is suitable for solar panels.
3. Learn about tax incentives and the payback period for Pennsylvania compared to other states.
4. Evaluate the gains of net metering and the value of remaining connected to the grid with a solar array.
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As a board member of the Friendship Community Group, I’ve been helping to lead the Solarize Friendship – Highland Park – Morningside effort in collaboration with Solarize Allegheny. Several people have asked whether solar is actually “fair” to all the consumers who do not deploy solar. The thinking goes that when someone deploys renewable energy […]