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Solar Series: Managing Grid Scale Solar Development in PA


This session will give an assessment of where this solar development is trending, what the wider implications on land use might be and offer thoughts on how it can be managed most effectively by Pennsylvania’s local governments. The second half of the session will be devoted to reviewing the effectiveness of the existing tools enacted by the Pennsylvania legislature to mitigate development pressure on undeveloped lands. We will also look at some new tools in that regard that have been enacted in surrounding states in the PJM Interconnection. These are generally called “solar siting” laws and regulations. In Pennsylvania, what influence should be exerted over solar development siting beyond local zoning? What statewide or other measures would complement the public and private investments already made in the preservation of farmed and forested lands?

This session will occur in person at the Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference in Gettysburg. Receive digital access to this session by registering here.

Wishing to attend this session and the Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference? Register here.

About the Solar Series

WeConservePA, in partnership with Thomas Murphy, Director of the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research and Brook Duer, Staff Attorney with the Center for Agricultural and Shale Law at Penn State, will build upon the success of the 2021 Summer Solar series in the spring of 2022. This new series will kick-off at the Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference and continue with 3 virtual sessions scheduled in April and May.

March 17 – Managing Grid Scale Solar Development in PA
April 5 – Siting Considerations for Community and Grid Scale Solar Development
April 19 – Solar Ordinance Development
May 5 – Panel Discussion with Series Speakers


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Wyndham Hotel Gettysburg
95 Presidential Cir
Gettysburg, PA 17325 United States
(717) 339-0020