#SolarChat LIVE at PV America East to Benefit Heather Andrews Scholarship Fund

Step away from your TweetDeck, because the next #SolarChat will be held live at PV America East on Wednesday evening, February 6, in Philadelphia, PA. This forum will offer a unique opportunity for solar experts and enthusiasts to network and meet-and-greet industry mavens and colleagues at the Field House Sports and Beer Hall inside the PA Convention Center from 7-10 p.m.  Editors from here at RenewableEnergyWorld.com will be covering and live-streaming the event on the PV America website

#SolarChat was founded by EcoOutfitters.net to connect solar industry experts and consumers who share an interest in solar power. Started in November 2010, the bi-monthly think-tank uses Twitter to engage participants in solar-related topics, such as growth of the industry, emerging trends, solar myths, expanding solar markets, solar PV, solar hot water, solar advocacy, and more. PV America is an ideal venue to host the #SolarChat LIVE TweetUp, as it allows colleagues in the solar community to discuss the crucial nature of expanding solar support and adoption in the United States in a casual setting. 

Solar can change the way our world lives, and we are excited to partner with PV America to help highlight the goals of the solar community and further the solar plans of businesses and individuals through a live, interactive event. #SolarChat allows us to align with and facilitate connections among professionals who are hoping to make solar a reality in our everyday lives.

Nicole Cote, Digital Media Manager, PV America, agrees. “The goal of PV America is to strengthen and bolster the solar business community, which will ultimately benefit the public’s belief in and reliance on solar solutions. In particular, the demand for photovoltaic technology is growing quickly, and PV America was designed to help businesses expand with this solar option and be more competitive in their field by offering education, PV-focused products, and networking opportunities.” 

A 50/50 fundraiser held during #SolarChat LIVE will benefit the Heather Andrews Scholarship Fund. Andrews, who passed away one year ago after complications from brain surgery at the age of 33, was a passionate, well-known solar advocate and role model. The scholarship supports female Solar Energy International (SEI) students who embody Heather’s determination and spirit and who are pursuing hands-on training at the Paonia PV Lab Facility in the Rocky Mountains. Raffle tickets can be purchased online and on-site at #SolarChat LIVE, where the winner of the 50/50 will be announced by General Motors’ global manager of renewable energy Rob Threlkeld.

The evening will also include “Solar on the Street” interviews by Renewable Energy World, and an online Twitter contest for all those attending and following the #SolarChat and #PVAE hashtags with a free pass to Solar Power International 2013 as a prize.

Will we see you in Philly? Register for #SolarChat LIVE here.

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Raina Russo is founder of #SolarChat, a think-tank utilizing the power of social media to discuss issues related to solar and renewable energy, connecting thousands of solar professionals in Twitter discussions generating an average of 4.5 million impressions per online event. #SolarChat also hosts in-person “TweetUps” and other networking events in conjunction with major solar industry conferences. The organization’s online social communities amplify the message of making solar a reality for every home and business across America.Russo is also the co-founder of #Women4Solar, compelled to drive change through addressing female related issues both inside and outside of the industry.Russo maintains an active social community for those interested in solar and renewable energy on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Pintrist under EcoOutfitters, Women4Solar and SolarChat.Russo holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and served as a project engineer with Skanska USA, the number one green contractor in the U.S. She also served as a Liaison to the United Nations for the Israeli Defense Force.

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