Hearing on utility scale solar development and agricultural land in Pennsylvania

Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 | 9:00 a.m.

North Office Building, Hearing Room #1 & Virtual Participation


Utility scale solar development and agricultural land in Pennsylvania

AGENDA

9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks

Senator Vogel, Majority Chair, Agriculture & Rural Affairs

PANEL #1 Agricultural Land Preservation and Protection:

9:05 a.m. Doug Wolfgang, Director – Testimony
Bureau of Farmland Preservation
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

9:10 a.m. Dr. Timothy Kelsey, Professor of Agricultural Economics – Testimony
Penn State University
College of Agricultural Sciences

9:15 a.m. Tom Gilbert, Campaign Director – Testimony
Energy, Climate & Natural Resources
New Jersey Conservation Foundation

9:20 a.m. Andrew Williams, Vice President – Testimony  | Supplemental Testimony
Policy & Corporate Affairs
Sol Systems

9:25 a.m. Q&A for Panel #1 with Committee Members

PANEL #2 Leasing Practices:

10:05 a.m. Brook Duer, Staff Attorney – Testimony
Center for Agricultural and Shale Law
Penn State Law

10:10 a.m. Jacob Kiessling, Attorney – Testimony
Mette, Evans & Woodside

10:15 a.m. Alyssa Edwards, Vice President – Testimony
Environmental Affairs & Government Relations
Lightsource BP

10:20 a.m. Q&A for Panel #2 with Committee Members

PANEL #3 Co-Location of Agricultural Production and Solar Panels:

10:50 a.m. Jack Copus, Partner – Testimony
SGC Power
Renewable Works for Pennsylvania (RW4PA) Coalition

10:55 a.m. Brent Alderfer, Founder and Director – Testimony
Community Energy

11:00 a.m. Q&A for Panel #3 with Committee Members

11:20 a.m. Closing Remarks/Adjournment 

Additional Written Testimony

MAREC Action – Testimony

Reinford Farms – Testimony

SEIA – Testimony

SOLSYSTEMS – Testimony