About Solarize Delco

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Solarize Delco is made possible by Melisa Romano, Peter Puglionesi and Noel Smyth. We are all Havertown residents and commissioner appointed members of the Havertown Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) and are not only the volunteers behind the scenes of Solarize Delco, but are all users of solar/renewable energy and electric vehicles.

We have a passion to conserve resources, protect our planet, and educate others; to provide a sustainable future for us and future generations. We hope to help Haverford reach the goal of transitioning to 100% carbon-free energy, and we thank each resident for doing their part!

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What is Solarize Delco

Solarize Delco is operated by Tavas, a 501c3 dedicated to advancing solar power adoption.  Tavas and Solarize are run and staffed by unpaid volunteers and Solarize derives its budget from a small fee from the Solarize Delco contractors based on the kW solar capacity installed under the program. 100% of this fee is used to pay for display and outreach materials, events and our web site and communication fees. Tavas can also receive tax deductable contributions, may apply for grants to expand its program in the future and is actively seeking non-profit partners with experience in obtaining grants and administering programs for low income homeowners.

Tavas Governance

Tavas was founded to help non-profits go solar. Tavas board members are as follows:

President

Noel Smyth, founder of Tavas, is a Product Manager in the Forest Program. He works to further develop Global Forest Watch Pro’s key offerings as well as lead number of Pro’s strategic projects.

Prior to joining WRI, Noel worked as a technology initiatives leader. He held technology leadership positions at JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, leading technology transformation initiatives across the enterprise. His work also included sustainability initiatives as part of the corporate green teams. Prior to his technology career, he spent time as a civil engineer designing bridges. He continues to volunteer with organizations that are working towards a livable planet.

Noel holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in Information Technology from Drexel University and a Master of Liberal Arts. in Sustainability from Harvard University.

Secretary

Melisa Romano joined the board in 2021. She is a working mother of a 6 and 8 year old. She has been a dental hygienist for the past 17 years and is currently working for Dr Steven Cross, DMD. She graduated with a degree in science from Harcum College.

Melisa’s extracurricular activities include volunteering with Sierra club’s Ready for 100 chapter, Penn Environment and HCAN’s climate group. She is currently an elected member of the Haverford Township Environmental Committee. Melisa is committed to protecting Earth from the possible catastrophic effects of climate change, to ensure her young children have a viable future.

Treasurer

Peter Puglionesi joined the Board in 2021. He is currently President of Applied EHS Management Inc. which provides solution-focused safety, environmental, risk and emergency management services.  He has a B.E. from Cooper Union and an M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Chemical Engineering and is a Professional Engineer and Board Certified Environmental Engineer. He is Co-Chair of the Haverford Township Environmental Advisory Committee, a Darby Creek Valley Association Board Member, Haverford Township Civic Association Board Member, Co-Founder of Friends of Haverford Trails and Hav-a-Rain Garden, and was on the Haverford Township Consulting Task Force for Haverford State Hospital which initiated the initial assessment of natural resources at the site which, after formal studies and planning facilitated by DCVA efforts, led to the preservation of over 120 acres of the 212 acre site for passive recreational use. Peter can be reached at: 2ndvp@dcva.org.