IPL Summer Solstice Webinar 2022

Join us for our Summer Solstice Webinar on June 21 to hear how the latest national Solar Certified Cool Congregations reduced their carbon footprint, and get inspired to cut the carbon at your house of worship.

What better way to celebrate the summer solstice than to be inspired by congregations that are using the energy of the sun to do their part in healing our Sacred Earth.

The webinar will be on June 21 at 1pm Pacific/4pm Eastern. 

Mark your calendars, and register here.

A full range of congregations will present their experiences:

Taftsville Chapel Mennonite Fellowship, a tiny church with only 55 members, has reduced the emissions from their worship facility by 40%, saving 15 tons of carbon emissions and nearly $2,000 per year in energy costs.

We’ll also hear from a medium sized congregation with audacious net zero emissions plans, and a huge congregation that paid $0 down and is certified at the 20% carbon reduction level.

Learn how they got started, overcame challenges, and successfully cut their energy use through energy efficiency upgrades and solar installations.

I’ll also give an overview on various methods congregations use to finance solar based on IPL’s free Solar Financing Guide that I authored, based on my decades-long experience with renewable energy.

Register here for the Summer Solstice Webinar.

Invite your congregation’s building committee, governing board, or green team to join the webinar to get inspired to take action to heal the climate at your house of worship.

These national Certified Cool Congregations are building the movement of people of faith and conscience showing the world that we can take concrete and achievable steps to safeguard the climate for future generations.

Thank you for all you do to care for our common home.

Allegheny SolarFest 2022 – Steel to Solar

PA IPL is excited to be hosting a table at Allegheny SolarFest 2022! In-Person! This year’s theme is Steel to Solar.

Join PA IPL, solar industry experts, and electric vehicle owners to learn more about our expanded work in 2022, and solar energy & electric vehicle technologies in Western PA. View the Mill 19, 2-megawatt solar installation, the largest sloped roof in the US. Celebrate SW PA’s Solar Future with local food & beverages as well as local artists & musicians!


When:

Saturday, June 18th
Noon-6pm

Where:
Hazelwood’s Green Plaza @ Mill 19
4501 Lytle St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15207

This year’s event is free; however, please consider donating $5 per person to help Solar United Neighbors install solar panels on energy efficient homes in Hazelwood.

There will be a priority parking lot for electric vehicle owners. Contact SolarFest if you would like to share information on your own electric vehicle at the Festival.

PA IPL’s Development Associate, Kathy Hrabovsky, will be “tabling” from Noon-6pm. Stop by to meet Kathy! Please consider volunteering at the PA IPL table for an hour or so to give Kathy a chance to enjoy a bit of the Festival. Email or call Kathy: outreach@paipl.org or 412-953-5202 to learn more and to volunteer.

Building Climate Resilience in Our Own Communities with PA IPL & JEA

Join us Wednesday, January 19 at 7:00pm for a meeting as part of PA IPL‘s ongoing partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance (JEA).
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Our inspirational spiritual remarks will be given by Donna Kochirka.
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Next we will have brief presentations on models to illustrate how our communities and land can become more climate resilient:
·  Urban and rural tree planting efforts by the PA IPL by Mark Smith and Greg Williams
·  A new nonprofit organization that focuses on local sourcing of materials and building local self-reliance by Judy Wicks
·  An initiative in Pittsburgh to install solar panels on front line homes through the Open Ministries.
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Then we will have Q & A and participants can share what they are doing as individuals or congregations to make our communities more climate resilient.
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This will be a fascinating and uplifting program and should inspire Green Teams within congregations and communities to include new projects.
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Register here for this event.

Now Available: Video of September’s PA IPL Statewide Monthly Meeting and Program!

Solar September

September’s PA IPL Statewide program focused on Solar arrays.

Solar is growing by leaps and bounds and congregations are keeping pace by installing solar at an ever increasing rate all over the country. They are financing it through a variety of creative options but the many financing options, their pros and cons, and what is best for each property is often confusing.

Are you thinking of going solar at your congregation? Are you interested in solar for yourself? September’s meeting brought together solar experts who answered many questions from different perspectives. Watch to learn how you can install solar on your property, on your congregation’s property, or otherwise participate in the growing solar sector to combat climate change.

Speakers:

Interfaith Power & Light has a new Solar Financing Guide for Congregations! Read our informative overview on financing options first. Find the Guide and check out all our Solar Resources here.

Solar September: PA IPL Statewide Monthly Meeting

Join PA IPL for our Statewide Monthly Meeting and Program taking place on Monday, September 20th at 7:00pm!

This month’s meeting and program will focus on Solar arrays.

Solar is growing by leaps and bounds and congregations are keeping pace by installing solar at an ever increasing rate all over the country. They are financing it through a variety of creative options but the many financing options, their pros and cons, and what is best for each property is often confusing.

Are you thinking of going solar at your congregation? Or are you interested in solar for yourself? September’s meeting will bring together solar experts who can answer all of your questions from different perspectives. Register for the meeting to explore how you can install solar on your property, on your congregation’s property, or otherwise participate in the growing solar sector to combat climate change.

Interfaith Power & Light has a new Solar Financing Guide for Congregations! Read our informative overview on financing options first. Find the Guide and check out all our Solar Resources here.

Register Here for the September meeting. You will receive an email providing the Zoom link to the meeting.

There is no fee for this program, but a suggested $5 donation will help us keep doing this work.

Now Available: Video of August’s PA IPL Statewide Monthly Meeting and Program!

Video of August’s PA IPL Statewide Monthly Meeting and Program is now available! Click here to view.

August’s PA IPL Statewide Meeting and Program focused on the life of Thomas Berry and the film “Thomas Berry: The Great Story.” Thomas Berry was a monk, cultural historian, author, teacher, and mystic who linked spirituality with ecology. In addition to our regular conversation, the program featured talks by Karen Bernard and PA IPL Board Member Wanda Guthrie who are experts on the life and work of Thomas Berry.

Registration is now open for PA IPL’s September Statewide Monthly Meeting and Program.
This month’s meeting will focus on solar arrays. Solar is growing by leaps and bounds and congregations are keeping pace by installing solar at an ever increasing rate all over the country. They are financing it through a variety of creative options but the many financing options, their pros and cons, and what is best is often confusing.

Are you thinking of going solar at your congregation? Are you interested in solar for yourself?
September’s meeting will bring together solar experts who can answer all of your questions from different perspectives. Join us on Monday, September 20th at 7:00pm and explore how you can install solar on your property, on your congregation’s property, or otherwise participate in the growing solar sector to combat climate change.

Interfaith Power & Light has a new Solar Financing Guide for Congregations!
Read our informative overview on financing options first. Find the Guide and check out all our Solar Resources here.