Solar for Pennsylvania’s Abandoned Mine Lands, Brownfields and Landfills

06/10/2022 @ 12:00 pm - 06/10/2022 @ 1:15 pm


Pennsylvania’s contaminated lands present unique opportunities for solar developers to create revenue-generating assets on currently unused land. Repurposing contaminated sites can be challenging, but with a “half-glass-full” approach, benefits begin to multiply.  

Join the Pennsylvania Solar Center and our panel of experts as we discuss how abandoned mine lands, brownfields, landfills, and other disturbed lands offer communities and businesses an opportunity for a brighter future with solar. ARM Group, a Pennsylvania engineering firm, will review how utility-scale solar projects on underutilized lands such as landfills can take advantage of existing grid infrastructure as well as special land characteristics while creating an economic growth model for communities. The solar development company AC Power will join us to discuss how they’ve been able to transform the toughest sites into productive solar facilities, producing energy, economy and jobs that become proud regional assets.  

Innovative community leaders are taking the lead to identify the best locations to redevelop current and formerly contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites with solar, such as the Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, and for good reason, too. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative reports that the majority of these projects result in local energy cost savings, local revenue, and local jobs, presenting another strong opportunity to strengthen Pennsylvania’s energy security and independence. 

Confirmed Speakers:  

  • Lora Strine, Team Leader, RE-Powering America’s Lands Initiative Team Leader (confirmed)
  • Gina Wolfman, Senior Director, Project Development, AC Power (confirmed)
  • Bryan Wehler, President and CEO, ARM Group (confirmed)
  • Bobby Hughes, Executive Director, Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR) (confirmed)

Who should attend? 

  • elected officials and staff 
  • renewable energy owners, operators and/or investors 
  • solar developers 
  • general public and anyone interested in learning more! 

General Registration is $15 for this webinar; $100 for the 10-webinar series (and all recordings). Free for elected officials and legislative staff, students and media.

Special arrangements for complementary registration can be made for those who request it by contacting us at

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 a 501c3 nonprofit organization. 

 Upcoming Series (Dates and speakers being confirmed):

  • Guidebooks for Leasing Land for Large-Scale Solar Development – Join the PA Solar Center and FairShake Environmental Law Clinic to review their new guidance (coming AUG 2022)
  • PV Reuse and Recycling
  • Solar for Green Hydrogen
  • NREL’s SolarApp – Solar Permitting for Municipalities Made Easy
  • Energy Storage, Microgrids and Solar …..and more.