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Solar Seminar Series: Government Policy and Solar





What is happening at the government level to shape and drive solar policy in PA and beyond, from farmland preservation to tax policy (subsidies) to broader energy trends driven by expanding climate metrics? This discussion will look at several key factors which are moving PA to becoming a more significant solar energy provider in the PJM grid, and potentially in communities, as distributed energy production nudges more traditional baseload capacity off the grid. What are the challenges and opportunities coming from this shift in the current energy paradigm?

Robert Young | PA Department of Environmental Protection

Tom Murphy | Director, Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research
Brook Duer | Staff Attorney, Center for Agricultural and Shale Law


About the Solar Seminar Series

Tuesdays in August join WeConservePA for a series of solar seminars following up on the popular Land Conservation Conference session, Utility Scale Solar Development in PA –What are the Implications on Conserved Land, Present and Future. As energy transitions continue to expand nationally and, in the Commonwealth, utility scale solar is being seen as becoming one of the key energy sources of our future.  Questions are arising around siting, land transitions, and how can local communities plan for large scale solar arrays in their jurisdiction. For these follow-up sessions, we will be joined by Tom Murphy, Director, Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR) with Penn State Cooperative Extension, and Brook Duer, Staff Attorney, Center for Agricultural and Shale Law with Penn State Law, as well as other experts in this emerging field.

August 3 – Utility Scale Solar: Environmental and Siting Considerations
August 10 – Land Transitions During Solar Energy Expansion in PA
August 17 – Utility Scale Solar and Local Land Planning
August 24 – Government Policy and Solar


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