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Solar Seminar Series: Utility Scale Solar – Environmental and Siting Considerations



What are the key factors in determining how utility scale solar is sited on land in the Commonwealth?  And what environmental considerations are part of the decision-making process?  Join the Penn State solar team as they explore how landowners can influence how and where solar arrays are placed on their property should they agree to lease for solar energy production.  Are there baseline tests which should be initiated?  And what are the preferred features companies are looking for to site solar facilities, along with those they are looking to avoid.


Phillip Guerra | Land Acquisition Manager, Forefront Power


Tom 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


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