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Meeting on solar power slated for Ely Farm


The Pennsylvania Conservative Energy Forum (PennCEF) slated a tour of the Ely Farm on Woodhill Road, Newtown, for 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 26. This event highlights the use of solar energy to sustain a family farm. State and federal legislators, industry leaders and members of the agricultural community were invited to participate.
Nearby farm owner John Lehman (former U.S. Navy Secretary and 9/11 Commission member), a founder of the organization, along with state Rep. Wendi Thomas (R-178th District) and state Sen. Steven J. Santarsiero (D-10th District) were expected to attend.
The Ely Farm is an intergenerational (eighth generation) family farm that is being sustained by clean and renewable energy. “Dwight Ely and his family are committed to excellence, both in agriculture and in renewable generation ...,” said PennCEF Executive Director Chad Forcey.

“As conservatives, PennCEF believes that renewable energy sources, like solar, ought to be an important part of the commonwealth’s energy portfolio. We have carried this message to fellow travelers since 2018, and it is having a positive impact on public policy.”
Lehman explain his involvement in the organization, “In 2018, a group of fellow Pennsylvania leaders and I launched the Pennsylvania Conservative Energy Forum, a group devoted to ‘all of the above’ energy generation that includes new technologies. Our organization recognizes that renewable energy must be a part of building for the future. On my farm, solar panels generate most of the electricity needed for our agricultural operations,” Lehman said.