CentreWorks Hosts Second Solar Farm Forum – The Advocate-Messenger

CentreWorks will host a second public forum on Thursday, June 23 for Boyle County residents interested in learning about and discussing issues related to the county’s large scale solar generation. The forum begins at 7:00 p.m. at CentreWorks in Suite 300 at 236 West Main St. in Danville.

The June 23 forum will feature a 30-minute panel discussion with Brooks Lamb of the American Farmland Trust (AFT) and Danville attorney Mark L. Morgan. The panel discussion will be followed by a 30-minute discussion with the participants.

As a Program Associate & Special Assistant to the President at AFT, Lamb works on programs and projects across the country – including issues related to solar energy in rural communities. For example, Lamb has studied and written about “agrivoltaics,” or farming and solar power generation on the same land area. He was also raised on a small family farm in Tennessee.

Morgan has been active in previous local initiatives related to energy and natural resource policy and will discuss regulatory issues related to commercial solar energy Manufacturing facilities, which includes the Kentucky State Board’s work on site selection for power generation and transmission. He received his bachelor’s degree in environmental policy from Duke University and worked for the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Inc., a private not-for-profit law firm commonly known as AppalReD Legal Aid.

CentreWorks co-founders and CEOs Andrea and Anthony Margida will moderate the discussion between speakers and welcome questions from the audience.

“The response to our first public forum on May 25 showed a genuine interest from county residents to better understand and discuss local issues related to utility-scale solar power generation,” said Andrea Margida. “The panellists of our second forum will bring additional perspectives on agriculture and the current regulatory structure.

Center College formed CentreWorks in 2020 to partner with the city of Danville, Boyle County and a seven-county region to create resilience and enable growth in Kentucky’s bluegrass region. CentreWorks’ program, which is available across the region, is specifically designed to provide collaboration, ideation, training, mentoring, capacity building and investment opportunities.

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