UMass hosting Public Solar Forum online on June 4.

By Oliver Townsend Jun 1, 2024
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UMass Amherst is hosting a follow-up public solar forum online on June 4th. The forum will focus on exploring the opportunities and challenges of solar development in Western Massachusetts. This event is a continuation of a successful four-part series held last year that attracted 400 attendees and featured 49 speakers. The forum aims to discuss recent recommendations from the Governor’s Commission on Energy Infrastructure Siting and Permitting and how they impact communities in Western Massachusetts.

Key Speakers and Sessions

The forum will feature speakers such as Energy and Environmental Affairs Undersecretary Michael Judge, Sen. Michael Barrett, and Rep. Jeffrey Roy from the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy. The sessions will cover topics like improving community benefits agreements, enhancing public engagement in decision-making, and balancing public interests related to solar development.

Organizers and Registration

The event is organized by the UMass Clean Energy Extension in partnership with Sen. Jo Comerford, Rep. Mindy Domb, and a planning committee of stakeholders and experts. Additional legislative co-sponsors will also be participating. The forum is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Those interested can register on the event website to join the discussions and learn more about solar development in Western Massachusetts.


This follow-up public solar forum is a valuable opportunity for individuals interested in clean energy and sustainable development to engage with experts and policymakers. By participating in this event, attendees can gain insights into the future of solar energy in Western Massachusetts and contribute to discussions on how to maximize the benefits of solar development while addressing potential challenges. Registering for the forum is the first step towards being part of this important conversation.

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