Starting in August, the Solar Outreach Partnership will be presenting a webinar series titled Promoting Solar Energy Use Through Local Planning. The series is rooted in a recent set of American Planning Association briefing papers and will focus on three topics central to local planning efforts: acknowledging the importance of the solar resource from a local policy perspective, incorporating solar-supportive policies into local plans, and adopting solar-friendly development regulations. Collectively, these webinars will highlight general principles, specific techniques, and case examples to help planners, public officials, and engaged citizens identify, articulate, and accomplish their communities’ solar-related goals.
On August 23, the first webinar, titled Putting Solar Energy Use on the Local Policy Agenda, will make a case for why solar energy deserves more attention from a local policy perspective and offer tips to help key stakeholders initiate and facilitate community conversations about solar energy as a local resource. Then, on September 20, the second webinar, titled Promoting Solar Energy Use Through Local Plans, will take a closer look at how communities can incorporate references to solar energy use as well as specific solar-related goals, policies, and actions into local plan documents. Finally, on November 1, the third webinar, titled Promoting Solar Energy Use Through Local Development Regulations, will describe how zoning, subdivision, and building code provisions can enable and support solar energy use.