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Community Solar Expert Named to Shapiro-Davis Energy Transition Advisory Committee

Harrisburg, Pa. — The transition advisory team advising Governor-elect Josh Shapiro on energy issues will include Leslie Elder, a leading professional in the community solar industry and an expert on Pennsylvania solar policy. Elder is currently the Vice President of Political and Regulatory Affairs for Summit Ridge Energy, one of the nation’s largest developers of community solar projects, and was the former Mid-Atlantic regional director at the Coalition for Community Solar Access.


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Leslie Elder

“I am honored to serve in this role among esteemed colleagues with extensive experience in varied energy sectors,” said Elder. “Pennsylvania is fortunate to have a robust diversity of energy sources and community solar would be a valuable addition to the commonwealth’s energy mix, providing new energy choice, cost-savings for consumers, and generating new economic development. I hope to provide guidance on solar policy and regulation that can deliver benefits to all Pennsylvanians.”


Community solar refers to local solar facilities shared by multiple community subscribers who receive credits on their electricity bills for their share of the power produced. Community solar provides homeowners, renters, and businesses equal access to the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy generation regardless of the physical attributes or ownership of their home or business. Community solar expands access to solar for all, including low-to-moderate income customers, all while building a stronger, distributed, and more resilient electric grid.


Legislation to enable community solar in Pennsylvania has been introduced in previous sessions of the General Assembly and has garnered strong bipartisan support, as well as support from landowners across the commonwealth. A Penn State analysis finds community solar projects would create a $1.8 billion economic impact for Pennsylvania right away if legislation were passed to create the program.


A long-time Philadelphia resident with experience in energy policy and advocacy at the municipal, state and federal levels, Elder has worked as a consensus-builder with advocates in the business, agriculture, and labor communities for decades.


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About PA Community Solar Economic Alliance

The PA Community Solar Economic Alliance’s mission is to help rebuild Pennsylvania’s economy and rural communities with clean, locally produced community solar. The Alliance is made up of a diverse group of local industry, agriculture and clean energy advocates who are calling on Pennsylvania legislators to pass community solar legislation that would use private investment to boost the commonwealth’s economy and give more energy choice to consumers and businesses. For more information, visit https://www.pa4communitysolar.com/ and follow the group on Facebook.

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