“ The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. ”
Mike Carnahan was not afraid of challenge and controversy, especially when it came to his passionate advocacy for sustainable transformation and dedication to advancing renewable energy in Western Pennsylvania.
As Vice President and General Manager at Scalo Solar Solutions, Mike Carnahan championed many large and innovative solar projects. These included O’Hare Airport, Chatham University, Carnegie Science Center, and Mill 19 at Hazelwood Green.
Without a doubt, Mike was especially proud of the Mill 19 project – one of the largest single slope rooftop solar arrays in the country. With 110,000 square feet of high-powered solar panels installed on top of Pittsburgh’s last operating steel mill, the Mill 19 solar array is producing over 2.5 megawatts of power – enough energy to power 264 homes annually and a lifetime CO2 emissions equivalent of 62.5M pounds of coal.
Mill 19 Solar Array - Photo Credit Scalo Solar Solutions
In an Opinion article posted on TribLive December 22, 2020, Mike asserted: “We all deserve to breathe healthy air, no matter where we live. Mill 19 and Hazelwood Green flip the switch for a new era of revitalization and help put Pittsburgh on the map for sustainable innovations. Let’s celebrate the foundations, companies and individuals who made this project possible — and then move forward with courage to change our ranking from one of the worst regions for polluted air to one of the cleanest.”
Because of Mike, Scalo Solar Solutions will assure they move forward to change our region.
“We plan to continue Mike’s legacy and continue to grow solar development in this region,” states Jack Scalo, President and CEO. “Mike was able to navigate the complex marriage between the technical and financial details of a solar array and explain them in simple terms to anyone. We hope to continue educating business leaders, or simply anyone curious, about why solar is a winning proposition. We will continue to seek out opportunities for numerous and sizable solar projects in our region. Mike was a pioneer over the past infancy stage of the solar industry, and we believe this foundation will launch Scalo’s solar efforts over the next two decades.”
“ Mike was able to navigate the complex marriage between the technical and financial details of a solar array and explain them in simple terms to anyone. ”
Scalo Companies measures success by what they call Triple Wallet Share. Meaning they win if the customer wins, the company wins, and the employee wins. “Outside of Mike’s tremendous achievements from a business standpoint,” Scalo continued, “he was also a strong leader and led his field and office teams with care and compassion. He truly cared about the wellbeing of the hardworking men and women who worked under his guidance.”
Green Building Alliance (GBA) is truly honored to recognize Michael Carnahan’s knowledgeable and passionate advocacy for the adoption of solar energy throughout our region and honor his memory with our Emerald Evening Legacy Award on September 9, 2021. GBA’s Emerald Evening 2021 gala is being held at the Roundhouse at Hazelwood Green, within walking distance of Mill 19.
“Michael would have been unbelievably honored and humbled to have received this award,” states MaryJane Carnahan. “I am incredibly proud and forever grateful for this recognition of my son.”
Mike Carnahan – your legacy will not be forgotten.
You can learn more about Scalo Solar Solutions’ Mill 19 project here: https://www.scalo-solar.com/project/mill-19/.
You can learn more about Green Building Alliance, including the opportunity to attend our upcoming Emerald Evening Gala here: 2021 Emerald Evening Gala - Green Building Alliance (go-gba.org)