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Penn State to hold third annual Solar Symposium

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The third annual Penn State Solar Law Symposium will be held virtually on August 23, 2023, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT, for attorneys and energy professionals.

The event, co-sponsored by Penn State Extension, Penn State’s Center for Energy Law and Policy, and the Penn State Center for Agricultural and Shale Law, is designed for those with beginning and intermediate levels of solar law knowledge. The program will continue to build on the information presented in previous years’ symposiums.

This year’s webinar topics will include gridscale solar overview; solar development from the perspectives of the landowner, the developer, and the municipality; Public Utility Commission considerations; and PJM considerations.

Symposium speakers will include:

  • Joseph Conklin, Penn State Extension
  • Robert Young, PA Department of Environmental Protection
  • Jake Kiessling, Barley-Snyder
  • Andrew Miller, MPL Law Firm
  • Brook Duer, Penn State Center for Agricultural and Shale Law
  • Rob Davidson, Hummel, Lewis & Davidson, LLC
  • Matt Wurst, PA Public Utility Commission
  • AJ Lambert, PJM

Four hours of substantive Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits are available to attendees. Registration is required — $119 with CLE credits and $69 without — and must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on August 22. Registrants will also receive access to the webinar recording. To register, please visit

Founded in 2018, the Penn State Center for Energy Law and Policy is a major part of Penn State’s efforts to become the nation’s “Energy University,” serving the commonwealth, nation and world through cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and partnerships. The center provides an innovative national model for how a major public research university can contribute to important energy law and policy issues through research, education and stakeholder engagement. The Center for Energy Law and Policy is a collaborative effort across Penn State’s many disciplines, research centers and campuses, which makes it the only energy research center in the country that can fully harness the strengths of a leading land-grant research university to assemble collaborative and interdisciplinary teams.

Penn State Extension is dedicated to delivering science-based information to people, businesses, and communities. In support of Penn State's land-grant mission, extension educational programs promote a vibrant food and fiber system, a clean environment, and a healthier population in Pennsylvania and beyond. With support from federal, state and county governments, the organization has a tradition of bringing unbiased information and support to the citizens of Pennsylvania for more than 100 years.

The Penn State Center for Agricultural and Shale Law conducts agricultural and shale law research and outreach activities with a specific focus on those issues of importance in Pennsylvania. Through its programs, the Center serves a wide variety of stakeholders including agricultural producers, landowners and royalty owners, business professionals, judges, attorneys, legislators, government officials, NGOs, community groups, and the general public. Center programs are funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and supported by a multi-year grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.

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