STATE WILL STUDY USE OF OLD MINING LANDS FOR SOLAR FARMS

The state Department of Environmental Protection is hosting a study on possibly using old mine lands for solar energy projects. The assessment would focus on converting more than 200-thousand acres of abandoned coal mine land and comes as the state’s getting ready to receive just under four-billion-dollars in federal money to clean up abandoned mine land. Officials say using this kind of land for solar projects can take pressure off using farmlands and wooded areas.