Prove your humanity

The solar industry is one of the newest players to enter Pennsylvania’s energy landscape. During its infancy, making a career in it was a bit of a gamble, but Hal Saville decided to give it a go.

“It was something that I had to convince my family was the right thing to do because I had a pretty cushy job and could have retired from doing that, and the industry was somewhat slow to get on its feet and really gain momentum,” he says.

One of his latest projects: The new Forest Hills Municipal Building near Pittsburgh, home to a solar panel system developed by Energy Independent Solutions, where Saville works as a commercial energy project consultant.

Saville helps design and sell solar panel systems like this one.

Listen to his story, as a crew finishes installing the system’s wiring:


Voices of Energy is an ongoing series that cuts through the rhetoric surrounding energy to feature people who work in all aspects of the industry.

Check out the other parts of the series, including a feature on a field supervisor who responds to hazardous materials incidents, and an energy auditor who performs home energy inspections.

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This story is produced in partnership with StateImpact Pennsylvania, a collaboration among The Allegheny Front, WPSU, WITF and WHYY to cover the commonwealth's energy economy.