Solar energy is becoming less expensive and more efficient. However, the utility-scale solar panel installations being proposed and installed around the Mid-Atlantic region will transform land characteristics. Currently, guidance and understanding of best practices relating to the land development and management of solar installations in the Chesapeake Bay region is unclear. What is the state of science, what are current best management practices, and where are the opportunities for improving recommendations?


Join us on Wednesday, April 17th, to learn about the solar situation in the watershed.



  • Lauren McPhillips, Assistant Professor, PennState
  • Ryan Stewart, Associate Professor, Virginia Tech
  • Mike Rolband, Director, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality


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About CRC Roundtable

The Chesapeake Research Consortium (CRC) comprises seven research and education institutions around the Chesapeake Bay, convening with the goal of using science to inform management. We launched the CRC Roundtable, a monthly virtual seminar series, to host targeted, inclusive, and informed conversations matching scientific advances and management needs in a way that moves us collectively forward toward decision-making for effective and sustainable management of the Chesapeake Bay, its watershed, and its living resources. Learn more about what we accomplished in 2023 in our annual report and watch our 50th anniversary video.

The lunchtime seminars invite a diverse range of researchers, managers, and other professionals to have timely conversations around topics relevant to the Chesapeake partnership. The seminars also build connectivity across participating organizations and identify ways to increase our collective competency for decision making. The Roundtable is supported in part by the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office.