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Henry McKay, director of Solar United Neighbors, will discuss solar opportunities for farmers, property owners, businesses and communities on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Blue Spruce Lodge. The presentation is sponsored by the Evergreen Conservancy.

McKay will talk about farmers leasing their land for solar purposes, and farmers and homeowners using solar for their own energy. He will also discuss how solar can benefit communities. This program is free and open to the public.

Solar United Neighbors is a nonprofit organization offering unbiased technical guidance regarding use of solar energy.

Nontraditional uses of solar energy have been much in the news. On Sept. 6, Penn State University signed an agreement with Lightsourse BP to provide 25 percent of the university’s statewide electricity for the next 25 years. This electricity will be produced by 150,000 solar panels installed across three locations in Franklin County on about 500 acres leased from local landowners on three solar farms.

Evergreen Conservancy, sponsor of the program, is a nonprofit organization most known for the concern for water quality and environmental education. The conservancy operates the Tanoma Wetlands Abandoned Mine Drainage Treatment System and Environmental Education Center.