Beaver County companies, organizations receive awards for solar energy

Beaver County is winning awards for its investment in solar energy.

The Pennsylvania Solar Center presented its Lodestar Awards on Thursday with four awards going to local businesses and organizations in Beaver County.

The Solar Center, a project funded by nonprofit New Sun Rising, helps nonprofits and businesses go solar. The center’s Lodestar Awards praise organizations that are doing just that.

“This award ceremony recognizes those who are providing that inspirational leadership of Pennsylvania based-organizations and businesses that are demonstrating the way to the new solar energy economy,” said Sharon Pillar, founder and executive director of the Pennsylvania Solar Center.

The group chose the word “lodestar” as its awards title, as the term has historically been referenced to a star used in navigation, Pillar said.