Grid-scale Solar Development Focus Group
November 16, 2023
St. Thomas Firehall, 34 School House Rd, St. Thomas, PA 17252
Interested in discussing the impacts of grid-scale
solar developments on St. Thomas and Peters
Townships? Participate in an upcoming focus
group organized by Penn State researchers!
Overview: A Penn State research team is currently studying how large solar developments are impacting St. Thomas and Peters townships as experienced by the residents of these communities. We are looking to gather community insights at an upcoming focus group.
Process: The focus groups will last approximately 90-minutes. We will record and transcribe the focus groups. The recordings and full transcriptions will only be shared with our research team. Your participation is voluntary and you can stop participating at any time. All responses will also be anonymized. Attendance may be capped to a size conducive for conversation. If interest
exceeds capacity, the research team will contact interested parties to schedule an optional individual interview.
When: Thursday, November 16th, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: St. Thomas Firehall, 34 School House Rd, St. Thomas, PA 17252
Why participate? Your input will inform a larger study on how energy transitions—the movement from fossil fuels toward renewable energy or other energy sources—impact communities differently and how communities can best address these impacts through policy. The findings of this study will be used to inform policy makers about how energy transitions can be done in a way that is fairer to communities that are impacted by energy transitions.
As a thank you: light refreshments will be served and participants will receive a $20 gas card.
Registration: To register, please fill out this form: https://tinyurl.com/PSUSolarStudyhttps://tinyurl.com/PSUSolarStudy Or, get in touch with Dr. Jennifer Baka, the Principal Investigator, or Zach Goldberg or Kristin Schoenecker, both of whom are Penn State Graduate Students in Geography who will be helping to conduct the focus groups.
Dr. Baka: [email protected]
Mr. Goldberg: [email protected]
Miss. Schoenecker: [email protected]
Penn State Geography Main Office Phone: (814) 865-3433
Funding sources: The study is funded by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan foundation. For more information: Please see the project webpage: https://sloan.org/grant-detail/10060