100% Renewable Energy— solar installer remarks

Jacob Mann from SunDirected was scheduled to give remarks at the 2019 100% Renewable Lobby Day organized by our friends at PennEnvironment.

Full disclosure: SunDirected is a perennial silver sponsor of our bike trip. They’re in central Pennsylvania. For you Eastern Pennsylvania folks, Exact Solar was also a 2019 silver sponsor, too.

Jacob’s remarks:

Good morning everyone! I want to thank Penn Environment once again for the opportunity to be here and speak.

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WEBINAR: An Introduction to Community Solar in Pennsylvania: Harnessing Sunshine to Lower Bills and Build a Brighter Future

Learn how you and your religious institution can benefit from community solar

September 20, 2018 7:00 p.m.

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This event is free and open to the public.

Have an unavoidable conflict?  Register!  (Registrants can access a recorded version of the webinar to listen to (and view) later.)
Note: this webinar is specifically crafted for Pennsylvania. If you are part of our beyond-PA network, email us and we’ll find out if there might be a webinar in your state soon.

Affordable solar energy is giving families, churches, schools and many others a way to lower energy bills while serving the common good and being good stewards of the earth. However, rooftop solar simply isn’t an option for the majority of consumers who want it – families who rent, have shaded rooftops, or don’t qualify for standard financing solutions, for example. Community solar gives consumers like these a way to go solar, whether or not they own a suitable roof of their own.

Join us for a free webinar to learn more about what community solar is, examples of how it’s working around the country today, and ways that you can get involved in expanding solar opportunities for you and your community.


  • Introduction and welcoming remarks from co-hosts
  • Community solar 101
  • Expanding solar access to all, including low-income customers and faith based-organizations
  • Community solar barriers and opportunities in Pennsylvania
  • Audience Q & A
  • Next steps and ways to get involved


  • Pari Kasotia, Mid-Atlantic Director, Vote Solar
  • Marta Tomic, Community Solar Program Director, Vote Solar
  • Melanie Santiago-Mosier, Access and Equity Program Director, Vote Solar



The Pennsylvania Council of Churches is a voluntary association of Christian churches in Pennsylvania. Through the Public Witness Ministry, we empower people of faith, through education and skill-building, to make a difference for the common good in the public square, and advocate on behalf of the Council’s member church bodies before Pennsylvania’s legislative and administrative branches of government.

United Methodist Advocacy in Pennsylvania educates and empowers United Methodists to engage legislators and other state officials on social and governmental policy issues, as well as being a vehicle for that engagement. Furthermore, United Methodist Advocacy in Pennsylvania collaborates with other faith-based advocacy networks.

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania (LAMPa) is a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and serves as a State Public Policy Office of the ELCA. In response to God’s love in Jesus Christ, LAMPa advocates for wise and just policies in Pennsylvania that promote the common good. LAMPa’s vision is centered in the ELCA strategic direction to “Step forward as a public church that witnesses boldly to God’s love for all that God has created.”

Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light (PA IPL) is a network of individuals and faith communities responding to climate change in a variety of ways, practical and prayerful.   We work from a place of active hope, engaging our gifts as we seek to live as better citizens of our Common Home. PA IPL’s work includes a Sustained Advocacy initiative, which supports individuals engaging with their lawmakers and civic leaders in conversation about clean energy, just transition, and care for people and planet.

Vote Solar is a national, non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization with a mission to make solar a mainstream energy source. We aim to foster economic opportunity and support a cleaner, healthier environment by bringing solar energy into the mainstream. Vote Solar is not a trade group and does not have corporate members. Since 2002, Vote Solar has worked in states all across the country to remove market barriers and implement key policies needed to bring solar to scale.






HARRISBURG – Trinity Solar at UCH Journey to Justice

Member congregation the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg touches a wide range of topics in their Journey to Justice series (usually first Tuesdays).  In January, they’ll meet on the second Tuesday for a presentation on solar energy.  Bring your questions! 

READING AREA: partner event: PA solar assistance – Solar Financing for non-profits and businesses

We are sharing this event from RER Energy Group because they have past experience with congregations and other non-profits in PA and in nearby states.

While the description pasted below does not specifically include non-profits, we have confirmation from our friends at Sunvestment (part of RER) that NON-PROFITS and MUNICIPALITIES *are* included.

PA Restarts Support for Solar Projects

PA Commonwealth Finance Authority (CFA) Announces $30 Million in Low Cost Loans for Solar

f you are concerned about any of the following:

  1. Controlling the cost of energy today 
  2. Higher electric costs as natural gas exports expand
  3. Finding ways to decrease your company’s tax liability

…You should attend our January 19th seminar.  You will learn how the new PA CFA Solar Financing Program can lead to positive cash flow for your business in the first year AND effective electricity costs of less than $0.04 per kWh for the next 30 years.

This Financial Seminar is designed to show your CFO/Controller how to tap into:

  • Federal Tax Credit: which currently represents 30% of project costs,
  • Accelerated Depreciation: 5 years (50% in the first two years),
  • CFA and other Financing Options, including PPA’s (Purchase Power Agreements)

2017 will be a great year to pursue solar, as prices have fallen by nearly 70% over the past five years, and this CFA loan makes it that much more attractive for your bottom line.

NOTE:  Only $30MM of PA CFA low interest rate loans are available, and the first applications will be considered as of January 22nd.  We anticipate the demand for this financing will be high, and the allocation of funds will run out swiftly.  A CFA Program Representative will be available for questions.

Bring your electric bill !  So we can provide advice and projections.     Register Now!

If you have any questions please contact us.
We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!

Loretta Ottinger
RER Energy Group

Islamic Horizons: Divest and Reinvest

Reprinted from Islamic Horizons, September-October 2016, pp. 38-39
written by Saffet Abid Catovic, one of the authors of the Islamic Declaration on Climate Change. [Recommended further reading about mosques in Morrocco taking action, and about a mosque in North Carolina responding to the Islamic Declaration on Climate Change.]
Islamic Horizons COP21 and divestment

Muslims involved in the environmental “green” movement often cite two of Prophet Muhammad’s (salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) hadiths: “Indeed the world is green and sweet, and indeed God has left you to remain to see how you behave. So beware of the world, beware of the world” and “People have common share in three (things): Grass (herbage/vegetation for humanity and animals), water and fire (light, heat and power, which includes the electrical power derived from burning fossil fuels and other sources of energy).”

Most conflicts throughout history, regardless of their size, can be tied, in one way or another, to one side’s access and/or control over these finite life-sustaining resources. Currently, these resources are not being shared equitably, in terms of the present members of creation and those yet to come. Just as the global faith communities and their leaders have declared their intent to battle climate change by releasing statements and declarations (e.g., the Papal Encyclical on the Environment and Climate Change and Laudato Si), local faith leaders must continue to mobilize their congregations to pursue this cause.

Meeting in Istanbul on Aug. 17-18, 2015, over 60 Muslim scholars, academics, and environmental activists from around the world adopted an Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change. This bold grassroots initiative was driven by various NGOs, including…

Read the rest of the article at Islamic Horizons (you will have to navigate to pp. 38-39), or via a PDF of the same article.

The Islamic Declaration on Climate Change that was released in the space between the publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si, and the COP21 talks in Paris.  You can find links to the encyclical, the Islamic Declaration, and many other multifaith resources published in that time period on our website here.

We recommended clicking through to read about how these statements are leading to actino in mosques in Morrocco, and in a mosque in North Carolina.]

REFLECTION: How Getting to Zero as a congregation changed me personally

T2016 05 iphone 196his essay is a (slightly) longer version of the back-page GRID Magazine article (June 2016) entitled Web of Life, and is reprinted here with permission of the author, Jane Dugdale. Our thanks to Jane, and to GRID for reaching out!

I think of myself as a pretty savvy environmentalist.  After I read Paul Ehrlich’s  Population Bomb in the 1970s I volunteered with Planned Parenthood. My Sierra Club card says I’ve been a member since 1976. But when the Ecology Mission Group at my congregation, Central Baptist Church in Wayne, decided to focus on climate change as a moral and spiritual issue, including a campaign for “Getting to Zero” emissions, I was in for a pretty steep learning curve. My participation in that effort connected me to efforts going on nearby and far away, made me aware how differently people of good will think about what can be done, and led to some happy realizations.

Nearby, in my own congregation, we have people like Andy Smith and Chuck Marshall, Continue reading REFLECTION: How Getting to Zero as a congregation changed me personally