More than 85 people representing community organizations, environmental groups, solar companies, competitive electric suppliers, public officials, utilities and other stakeholders joined PECO Thursday in Philadelphia for the company’s Solar Stakeholder Collaborative.
Announced on Earth Day 2016, PECO created and lead the Collaborative to work together to advance local solar energy for customers in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
“We all have something in common,” said PECO President and CEO Craig Adams during his kick-off remarks. “Each of us is here today because we share a commitment – a commitment to this region, a commitment to advancing solar energy, and a commitment to the neighborhoods and communities we serve. The group we have brought together is very diverse, and we need all of your voices to help shape what’s next. Today we will learn more about the important role each of us can play. Together I think we will do great things!”
The morning included an overview of solar initiatives across the nation, the regulatory framework in Pennsylvania, and perspectives from a solar developer. During the afternoon, attendees worked in breakout sessions focusing on Low Income Solar, Private Solar, Universal Solar, and Solar Job Creation.
Highlights from the Collaborative included discussions on opportunities to streamline processes on how to interconnect to the regional distribution system, Federal and State policies, workforce development opportunities, making solar more economical and accessible to all customers, connecting energy efficiency and solar and enhancing renewable energy credit incentives.For more information on environmental initiatives, visit PECO’s Enhancing Our Environment webpage.