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Solar Series: Siting Considerations for Community and Grid Scale Solar Development


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As energy companies plan for increasing amounts of utility scale solar in the Commonwealth, what factors do they use to decide where to place the arrays on the landscape? How are low impact solar facilities designed? What key considerations go into choosing one site over another? Is wooded or open land preferred? And what environmental or community red lines are part of the decision-making process? This session will offer insights from university and industry representatives to give clearer picture of how these important land use assessments are determined and implemented as part of initial siting protocols.


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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