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Going Solar — The Future of Solar Power in PA

access_time Posted on: August 4th, 2021

Municipal Planning for the Coming Solar ExpansionWhile PA’s solar power industry is rapidly growing, government regulation of solar power remains in its infancy. Pennsylvania currently has no state laws or regulations for solar arrays. This leaves local municipalities as the first line of regulation for solar collection systems. The following are just a few of the important issues for municipalities to keep in mind as they attempt to provide appropriate regulation of solar facilities.Use a good definition. Municipalities should be forward-looking in defining solar use to control ancillary uses and construction such as storage and distribution of energy. An increasing amount of solar array… read more »

Municipalities Should Help their Residents to “Age in Place”

access_time Posted on: November 11th, 2018

Article by: Timothy Bupp, Esquire We are growing older — surprise! — not only individually, but also as a county.  York Countians today are living longer, fuller lives.  Our average life expectancy today is 79 years, as compared to 49 in 1900.  Today more than 38% of York Countians are over age 50, and 16% are 65 or older.  The number of county residents age 85+ is expected to triple in the next twenty years.  While our senior population continues to age, suitable housing options for older York Countians is not keeping up.  Not only is currently-available housing inadequate for… read more »

PA Supreme Court Sides with Farmers in Synagro Case

access_time Posted on: February 3rd, 2016

Municipalities are frequently witness to the tensions between large-scale farmers and their residential neighbors who resent the effects of these farms on their way of life. Concentrated farming operations are strictly regulated by the Commonwealth; but even a large-scale farm that complies thoroughly with all of Pennsylvania’s requirements can generate odors, insects or runoff which create at least the perception of problems or violations in the eyes of neighbors.  Municipal officials are often pulled in both directions – to support one side’s position or take action to correct the other.  Fortunately for municipalities, legislative and legal guidance is available to… read more »