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Watts and Learn: Solar Policies and Perspectives Shaping our Energy Future

  • When: May 20, 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
  • Registration link: Click here
  • Event Type: Public

Join the PA Solar Center and our panel of solar experts as we discuss recent events impacting the expansion of solar in Pennsylvania.

Two important developments are delaying solar deployment across our region. First, planned utility scale projects must apply to interconnect into our regional electric grid that is managed by PJM (our regional grid operator) and they then are placed into the “queue” for review and approval. Because PJM has received so many solar applications, they are reforming the approval process and have placed many utility scale energy projects on hold as it transitions this “queue” process over the next couple of years. Gabel Associates will discuss the reform process and share how the solar industry can balance planning for future system improvements while managing growing demand today.

Secondly, the U.S. Department of Commerce has initiated an investigation of four countries that are accused of using prohibited solar materials from China. Solar manufacturers in these countries supply 65% of the US solar panels. This case has caused widespread project cancellations, delays and uncertainty and expects to reduce national solar deployment by up to 16 gigawatts (GW) annually, and put 70,000 U.S. solar jobs at risk. The national Solar Energy Industries Association will provide a deep dive into the most recent developments and explain what we can do to help avoid disruptions and create more certainty in the solar industry.

Plus, we’ll review the results of a recent survey conducted by Vote Solar that found Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly support solar, and discuss how we can modernize Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard and strengthen Pennsylvania’s energy independence.

ADD TO CALENDAR 20-05-2022 12:00 pm 20-05-2022 1:15 pm America/Los_Angeles Watts and Learn: Solar Policies and Perspectives Shaping our Energy Future

Join the PA Solar Center and our panel of solar experts as we discuss recent events impacting the expansion of solar in Pennsylvania.

Two important developments are delaying solar deployment across our region. First, planned utility scale projects must apply to interconnect into our regional electric grid that is managed by PJM (our regional grid operator) and they then are placed into the “queue” for review and approval. Because PJM has received so many solar applications, they are reforming the approval process and have placed many utility scale energy projects on hold as it transitions this “queue” process over the next couple of years. Gabel Associates will discuss the reform process and share how the solar industry can balance planning for future system improvements while managing growing demand today.

Secondly, the U.S. Department of Commerce has initiated an investigation of four countries that are accused of using prohibited solar materials from China. Solar manufacturers in these countries supply 65% of the US solar panels. This case has caused widespread project cancellations, delays and uncertainty and expects to reduce national solar deployment by up to 16 gigawatts (GW) annually, and put 70,000 U.S. solar jobs at risk. The national Solar Energy Industries Association will provide a deep dive into the most recent developments and explain what we can do to help avoid disruptions and create more certainty in the solar industry.

Plus, we’ll review the results of a recent survey conducted by Vote Solar that found Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly support solar, and discuss how we can modernize Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard and strengthen Pennsylvania’s energy independence.