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Free Seminar to Provide Education on Solar Farms

The Oswego County Farm Bureau in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County and the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding a Solar Farm Seminar on Wednesday, May 18th at the Oswego County Federal Credit Union in Mexico. Open to the public, the free seminar will focus on answering questions surrounding the utilization of solar power for electrical generation. Landowners, those interested in learning more about solar farms, municipal leaders and anyone concerned about the environment are encouraged to attend.

New York State’s Clean Energy Commitment will require 50% of electricity to be sourced from renewable energy sources by 2030. With this mandate, a key piece, the educational component, is often missing. This seminar aims to provide the necessary information to help interested parties make informed decisions. Some of the issues to be addressed include the pros and cons to leasing your acreage to a solar farm generator, is a farm’s agricultural exemption threatened should you sign a lease, what are the economics of solar farms, the environmental benefits and threats, how will solar farms impact land values and what do municipalities need to do to prepare for solar farms. There will be experts on hand to lead the discussion, provide information and answer questions. Invited speakers include Matt Brower from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, attorney Melody Westfall from the Scalfone Law Firm and Mark Kellogg from Farm Credit East.

What: Solar Farm Seminar
When: Wednesday, May 18th from 7:00-9:00 pm
Where: Oswego County Federal Credit Union
5828 Scenic Ave, Mexico

For more information, contact JJ Schell at 315-963-7286 or jjs69@cornell.edu. To reserve your spot, please call the New York Farm Bureau Central New York Regional Office at 315-252-1367 or email jrossi@nyfb.org.

Free Seminar to Provide Education on Solar Farms