About Gwendolyn Craig

Gwen is an award-winning journalist covering environmental policy for the Explorer since January 2020. She also takes photos and videos for the Explorer's magazine and website. She is a current member of the Legislative Correspondents Association of New York. Gwen has worked at various news outlets since 2015. Prior to moving to upstate New York, she worked for a D.C. Metro-area public relations firm, producing digital content for clients including the World Health Organization, the Low Income Investment Fund and Rights and Resources Initiative. She has a master's degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She has bachelor's degrees in English and journalism, with a concentration in ecology and evolutionary biology, from the University of Connecticut. Gwen is also a part-time figure skating coach. Contact her at (518) 524-2902 or gwen@adirondackexplorer.org. Sign up for Gwen’s newsletter here.

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  1. Joe Kozlina says

    Roofs not Fields. Thats the motto. We have many roofs around the adirondacks that could be fitted with panels and immediatly tap into our electricity grid. Because that would not mazimize the profits of utilitie companies or get them the federal monies they seek, we will continue to cover our food producing grounds with glass. It would also instantly help the persons whos roof it was installed on. Again profit before our grandchildren. They will have to eat in the future too. Joe

    • Harold says

      That’s a great motto but national grid does not want this. Net metering is best for the homeowner. The real problem is that the capacity factor per NYSERDA in nys is 13% a 10mw array will produce 1.3mw daily on a yearly average. The worst production in the USA. A nice way to support china and our neighbors. Take away government incentives and see what happens.

  2. nathan says

    why not raise solar panels 8-12 feet into the air and put over every parking lot???
    1) it is already land killed for any other use
    2) it would shade every parked car from sun
    3) it would be located next to buildings with high energy use such as stored or office buildings.
    4) the solar panels covering a parking lot could be used to charge electric cars.
    why destroy farm land or woods? just make better use of an existing eye sore!

  3. Mark says

    If Richard Ball is as effective with saving farmland and farmers as he was with the Pollinator Protection Plan to help beekeepers, you can expect a lot of loss of farmland and farmers to solar panels and windmills.

  4. Too Many People says

    Stop Making Babies ! Solar is being installed as a desperate measure to meet extremely high energy demands of a growing population, and solar is destroying forests and nature with toxic panels that will leave a remediation legacy at great cost to poor peoples.

  5. Richard says

    Land used on bad farm land as clay or land that takes days to cut hay after the rains is is where we want solar in town of Deerfield and Newport. The people who own this land should have the right to use it for green energy if they choose to. So when the people who don’t like seeing the solar panels say we are green just not in my neighborhood are hypocrites.

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