Joining us for this Saturday April 5, 2014 are two great guest that will help us as we talk about one of the most important topics in any industry really — the environment. Here to talk with us about renewable energy sources is Ron Celentano of Celentano Energy Services – Solar PV Industry Consultant:
Ron Celentano is a solar photovoltaic (PV) industry consultant and founder of Celentano Energy Services (CES) which specializes in solar energy technologies, small wind systems, and energy efficient technologies. He is also the administrator of the Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) Solar PV Grant Program in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Mr. Celentano performs building energy computer simulation for LEED and other energy efficient whole building designs, as well as conducting technical and economic analysis of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.
He is President of Pennsylvania Solar Energy Industries Assoc. (PASEIA) and VP of the Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Industries Assoc. (MSEIA), and a board member of both the Philadelphia Solar Energy Assoc. and The Energy Cooperative of PA. Mr. Celentano started in the solar field over 30 years ago, and began designing and installing solar PV systems in 1996. Mr. Celentano co-designed and has administered the SDF Solar PV Grant Program since its launch in 2001. He reviews system designs, conducts solar assessments, provides technical assistance with design and troubleshooting, inspects all installed systems, and monitors system performance. He also assists with the SDF solar renewable energy credit (SRECs) pilot program – collecting and verifying SREC data.
As a solar PV industry consultant, Mr. Celentano provides general education about the technology and the economics of solar; system design and review/assistance with design; technical assistance drafting RFPs for soliciting installers; oversees the installation process, and conducts testing, inspection, commissioning of solar PV projects. He has provided technical assistance as an expert witness regarding damaged PV equipment on projects. Mr. Celentano has trained hundreds of solar PV installers, and assisted Solar Energy International and Florida Solar Energy Center in several of their solar PV training seminars, and is involved with solar PV curriculum development and training with the DOE/PSU Northern Mid-Atlantic Solar Instructor Training Center, and with PA DEP/PSU Code Official Solar PV Training Project. He has conducted many teacher workshops on solar PV curriculum development for elementary/secondary education across Pennsylvania, as well as presented dozens of seminars to professional engineers, architects and contractors on the subject of solar energy technologies.
Mr. Celentano has been very active with solar energy policy issues in PA for over 15 years, helping spearhead and develop the utilities’ solar share requirement under the PA Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS), and craft language for net metering and interconnection laws and regulations. For many years he has advised the PA Department of Environmental Protection on removing barriers and encouraging the implementation of solar PV and thermal systems in PA, and was part of Governor Rendell’s Solar Working Group. Mr. Celentano represented the solar PV industry in the Mid-Atlantic Demand Resource Initiative (MADRI) Interconnection Subgroup which developed the MADRI Interconnection Model Procedures as a resource for commissions developing small generator interconnection rules and practices in DE, DC, MD, NJ and PA. He helped develop the statewide interconnection application forms for solar PV systems in Pennsylvania. Mr. Celentano is also on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Sustainability – Solar American Cities Program. On the national level, he assisted with the early development of the Solar PV Task Analysis portion of the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) project, and has been on technical review committees for the American Solar Energy Society, PV America and Greenbuild conferences. On the international level, he has designed several PV systems for applications in Africa and Central America, oversaw the installation of these systems and trained installers in Togo, Africa.
He holds a BS degree in physics from Stockton State College and an MS degree in the field of Mechanical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology.