Watts & Learn: Agrivoltaics and Dual-Use Solar Applications

02/11/2022 @ 12:00 pm - 02/11/2022 @ 1:15 pm

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(sheep from Owens Family Farm at Susquehanna University solar project; photo credit E2 and RiverWise)

Agrivoltaics and Dual-Use Solar Applications

 Friday, February 11, 2022
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

REGISTER: https://agrivoltaics-in-pa.eventbrite.com
(elected and government officials/ staff – free)

Agrivoltaics, or dual-use solar, is a fast-growing field that co-locates energy generation, food production, farming and other activities on the same land. This innovative approach presents opportunities to save Pennsylvania’s family farms by supporting crop production, pollinator habitats, and pasture grasses for grazers. However, agrivoltaic projects are complex and require more advanced planning and coordination with multiple stakeholders as well as market incentives that enable solar developers, farmers, and landowners to maximize these dual-use benefits.

Our speakers will discuss the many benefits and potential barriers of agrivoltaics in Pennsylvania. We will hear from a shepherd who is grazing sheep at a solar project site as well as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s  InSPIRE program that is researching agrivoltaics throughout the country. We’ll also hear from Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture and a solar developer who is incorporating agrivoltaics into their projects.

Speakers:

  • Jordan Macknick, Lead Energy-Water-Land Analyst, InSPIRE program, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Michael Roth, Policy Director, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
  • Solar Shepherd (being confirmed)
  • Solar Developer (being confirmed)
  • Matt Mahoney, Director of Government Affairs, PA Solar Center
  • Sharon Pillar, Executive Director, PA Solar Center

General Registration is $15 for this webinar; $100 for the 10-webinar series (and all recordings). Free for elected officials and legislative staff. Special arrangements for complementary registration can be made for those who request it by contacting us at info@pasolarcenter.org. Please don’t let financial hesitancies prevent you from attending! We want you there!!

Get access to the whole series of 10 webinars in the next 10 months for $100 (as well as recordings from past webinars). Your ticket supports the activities of the PA Solar Center and is 100% tax deductible as we are under the fiscal sponsorship of New Sun Rising, a 501c3 nonprofit.

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