RECORDINGS AVAILABLE: Free Webinars from IPL National

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IPL National will be offering three free webinars this week to learn more about Solar for Houses of Worship, to discuss upcoming opportunities to address existing environmental and economic crises, and to learn some tips for setting up meetings with your elected officials and lobbying for climate action.

  • (EVENT HAS PASSED) Solar for Houses of Worship on February 23rd at 1pm eastern/noon central/11am mountain/10am pacific
    Whether you are a clergy leader, facilities manager, or an active congregant, join us for a webinar to learn how to make solar power possible for your house of worship. IPL National is partnering with California IPL (CIPL) to bring you this webinar. Collective Sun, a company that helps nonprofits fund solar projects across the country, will talk about solar financing options and project management best practices that apply to any state. Two of their satisfied congregational clients – one in California and one in Massachusetts – will be on the webinar to share their experiences. CIPL and its member congregations have been on the forefront of solar energy adoption for two decades and we can learn from their experience.
  • Digital “New Day” Rally on TODAY 2/24 at 3pm EST/2pm CST/1pm mountain/12pm PST
    The climate community across the nation will (virtually) rally together to tell legislators it’s #TimeToAct on Climate. During the New Day Rally we will discuss upcoming opportunities to address the existing crisis of the economic recession, environmental injustices, COVID recovery and climate emergency. The rally will feature dynamic speakers including Mustafa Santiago Ali (National Wildlife Federation), Latricea Adams (Black Millennials for Flint), Justin Onwenu (Sierra Club Michigan Chapter) and Yoca Arditi-Rocha (The Cleo Institute). Join the conversation!

Register here for the digital rally on 2/24.

  • Lobby Training Webinar on February 25th at 5pm EST/4pm CST/3pm mountain/2pm PST
    Join Interfaith Power & Light to learn some tips for setting up meetings with your elected officials and lobbying for climate action. This training will be geared towards beginners, but will have information that is helpful to everyone. We’ll have experts who will lead you through the key steps to be an effective faith advocate for equitable climate solutions, and we’ll brief you on our faith-climate platform and key federal policies.

Register here for the lobby training webinar on 2/25.

Typically recordings are available to registrants who cannot attend the live events and PA IPL will post them as soon as they are available.

Central Pennsylvania Virtual Solar Tour

If you are looking to gain more information regarding going solar in 2021 think about attending the PA IPL co-sponsored Envinity/Sierra Club – Central Pennsylvania Virtual Solar Tour Tonight at 7 PM EST – 9 PM EST.

What’s it like to GO SOLAR?  Learn from real people what the solar journey looks like and why it’s rewarding for home and business owners.

Whether you’re curious about making a solar investment because of climate change, energy independence, or financial benefits, THIS EVENT IS FOR YOU!

You could win one of the following!
– FREE Energy Audit
– $250 gift card at ORGANIC Climbing, Freeze Thaw Cycles or Tussey Mountain Outfitters
– $50 Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks giftcard
* Must be present to win

Register here to get the Zoom link!

We hope to see you there!

Contest Deadline: Cool Congregations Challenge

The Cool Congregations Challenge is an annual national contest to recognize “Cool Congregations” that are becoming energy efficient and sustainable role models within their communities. The contest is brought to you by Interfaith Power & Light, a nonprofit organization inspiring and mobilizing people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate. There are no fees to enter. Deadline for entries: December 15. Get ready to enter the Challenge this year, or check out the materials so you’ll be ready when the applications go live in 2021.

There are 5 entry categories: 

  • COOL CONGREGATIONS PLANNER
    Audits • Planning Reports • Fundraising
  • ENERGY SAVER
    Lighting • Insulation • Windows & Doors • Heating & Cooling Systems
  • RENEWABLE ROLE MODEL
    Solar • Wind • Geothermal • Solar Water Heating
  • SACRED GROUNDS STEWARD
    Native Landscaping • Organic Gardening • Water Conservation • Bike Racks • Wildlife Habitats • Recycling & Composting
  • COMMUNITY INSPIRATION
    Inspiring congregants to save energy at home  •  helping communities transition from fossil fuels to clean energy •  helping communities become more resilient and prepare for the impacts of climate change

Congregations can also become Certified as Cool Congregations, with increasing levels of achievement.  Certification is an “evergreen” and cumulative program — it can be done anytime, and things done over multiple years count.

September 2020 Newsletter: Learn and Act-Renewable Electricity Webinar

Did you know that in Pennsylvania, you can choose 100% renewable electricity — and you can do so affordably?  Fall and spring are the best times to shop.  We will help with specific recommendations about how to use PA PowerSwitch to plug your house into wind and solar without getting stuck in a “deal” you don’t want. 

Join us for a webinar on Thursday evening, October 15th.  Between 7:00 and 8:00 PM, we’ll walk you through the process using current information.  You’ll get slides you can use at home after the webinar, and if the Internet is robust enough, we may even do a couple of live searches. 

This webinar uses Pennsylvania state resources, and is specifically designed for people living in Pennsylvania.

Registration is required.  A recording and resources will be available to those who register.  There is no fee for this program; your donations help us keep doing the work. 

RECORDING AVAILABLE — Solar Options for Houses of Worship (Main Line PA IPL)

Get the recording of this webinar

July’s (virtual) meeting of the Main Line chapter of PA IPL was a presentation about solar options for faith institutions.  One way to beat the heat of the sun is to put it to work on our behalf.

Get the recording of this webinar


Our meeting will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, July 27. We will spend the first 30 minutes catching up on all that is going on in our different faith institutions. At 7:30, we will hear about: Solar options for Houses of Worship from Joy Baxter. 

Many houses of worship are called by their faith to implement climate change solutions such as rooftop solar.  However, nonprofits are excluded from government incentives for solar installations that are provided through tax incentives.  Several options of how to finance a solar installation for houses of worship will be discussed including an in-depth discussion of the private LLC model, which provides the maximum financial benefit to the congregation. The LLC can be made up of several environmentally conscious small investors from your community who get a modest return of their investment or a large environmentally conscious investor.

Presenter Joy Baxter is an active member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ardmore where she is the chair of their Green Team. St. Paul’s Green Team is currently pursuing an LLC option for a solar installation at St. Pauls. Joy and her husband installed solar panels on their home 8 years ago and are involved in various solar activities. Joy’s background is in chemical engineering research and she also enjoys playing violin with the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra.

We will conclude our time together by exploring future programming ideas. We look forward to seeing you on Monday night.

Please contact Courtenay Willcox for more information.

Wayne: Chester County Clean Energy Tour

Location: Chester County, including Wayne Central Baptist Church, 106 W Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA 19087
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

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Ever wonder what it would be like for your home, workplace, farm, local government or house of worship to go solar? To become more energy efficient, reduce pollution and save money? Did you know Chester County is a state leader in solar energy and energy efficiency?

We have more than 30 Open Houses at schools, universities, businesses, farms, non-profits, municipalities and homes in Chester County so you can find out! Be inspired at this FREE event that features self-guided tours in four areas across our beautiful the county.

Kick off events will provide an orientation, tour map and suggested route. The homes, businesses, farms, schools and public places you visit will demonstrate green technologies such as solar, wind, geothermal, green design, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and more.

NEW!!! PECO is offering FREE energy assessments for the those who sign up at the tour!

Come to one of our 4 kick off locations at Wayne Central Baptist Church, 106 W Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA 19087. The church set a goal of being 100% carbon neutral. They installed 48 solar panels in 2009 on a south-facing flat roof. Eastern tour also includes other inspiring examples of local businesses, a local athletic facility, homes and a public school.

This event is free and open to the public —everyone is welcome to attend. Whether you are a solar owner, completely new to solar, or somewhere in between— this event is for you.  Grab a couple of other folks from your congregation and head to the tour.  Make Central Baptist Church in Wayne one of your stops for sure!

Check out Central Baptist Church’s “Getting to Zero” posts here!