Status of Solar PV in Pennsylvania with Ron Celentano
For our April 25th program, Ron Celentano gives us a brief overview of the solar penetration in the US and more specifically the development in Pennsylvania, and how it compares to other states. An overview of current solar policy issues in PA is also presented, including legislative bills, regulatory developments, continuing barriers, and other topics.
Ron Celentano is a solar energy industry consultant with Celentano Energy Services (CES). He started working in the solar energy field over 40 years ago, with more than 25 years focused on solar PV. Generally, his experience covers technical and policy related fields, including system design, commissioning, testing, performance monitoring installation; project oversight representing the customer; expert witness regarding technical assessments of PV systems and products; installer/code official training, curriculum development, rebate program administration. He has been involved with helping shape most all of Pennsylvania’s state laws and regulations in solar energy over the past two decades, including net metering, interconnection, PA’s solar share requirement, closing the borders, and many other policy related issues. Currently he is President of Pennsylvania Solar & Storage Industries Assoc. (PASSIA) and V.P. of Mid-Atlantic Solar & Storage Industries Assoc. (MSSIA) for Pennsylvania; Technical Director of Philadelphia Solar Energy Assoc. (PSEA); Board Member of Power up Gambia; and he holds a BS in Physics and MS in the field of Mechanical Engineering.