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Solar Seminar Series: Land Transitions During Solar Energy Expansion in PA
With projections in the Commonwealth that 80,000 acres of land could be transitioned to solar arrays by 2030, what will the impact be to farmland in PA? Will all of that impact agricultural land or are their other options? And where is the technology heading related to continually improving efficiencies? This discussion will also explore the convergence of deployed solar energy in dual use systems more commonly known as agrivoltaics. How are energy companies and farmers partnering to allow some form of agricultural production to be an active part of the energy production system?
Sarah Banas Mills | Senior Project Manager, Graham Sustainability Institute at University of Michigan
Thomas Murphy | Director, Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR) with Penn State Cooperative Extension
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