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ASES Webinar: Utility Scale Solar – Educating Stakeholders, The Pennsylvania Experience
As utility scale solar emerges in Pennsylvania as a strong contender to displace other fuels in the power generation queue, a diverse array of issues have surfaced on the minds of stakeholders, ranging from elected officials to the broader public. It is anticipated that 80,000 acres of solar will be built in the state by 2030. Penn State has added a nonbiased voice to this dynamic dialogue, though its efforts to conduct critical research, and just as importantly, to inject science-based information into all levels of this conversation. Penn State Solar Team members Dave Yoxtheimer, Dan Brockett, and Tom Murphy will give an overview of their efforts to inform the various stakeholders about the key topics surrounding utility scale solar deployment in the state. This will include a look at how the effort is organized, some of the specific environmental parameters commonly discussed, and how research is organized to address knowledge gaps. The webinar will also feature an up close, virtual tour to look at the largest utility scale solar project in PA, which is currently supplying 25% of Penn State’s electrical power needs.

Moderated by Nathan Edmunds, Vice President, Univest Bank and Trust Co.

Tom Murphy, Director of Penn State’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research(MCOR). His current work is centered on educational consultation in energy transitions, specifically at the convergence of shale gas and renewables, with a more recent emphasis on utility-scale solar.

Dan Brockett is with the Penn State Extension Energy Education Team.

David Yoxtheimer, Ph.D., P.G., is a research professor within Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and an extension associate with the Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR). Dave serves as a liaison to advise stakeholders on environmental and water management with unconventional shale and renewable energy development, including the transition toward low carbon, sustainable energy sources.

Aug 18, 2021 11:00 AM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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