Solar Action Webinar Series: Innovation and Success in Planning and Zoning

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Date(s) - July 24, 2013
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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July 24, 2013
2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern

Join the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative, in coordination with the Solar Outreach Partnership, for the fourth webinar in the Solar Action Webinar Series: Successes from the Rooftop Solar Challenge. This webinar will highlight several successful local initiatives to implement solar-friendly planning and zoning codes.

In many communities, local plans and zoning codes are silent on solar energy use, and this silence can create uncertainty about what types of solar energy systems are permitted in which locations. This uncertainty often presents a barrier to local solar market growth. For this reason local plans that include clear policies for solar energy use and zoning codes that establish clear use permissions and access protections to implement those policies are valuable components of any local effort to promote solar energy use.

In this webinar, Mayana Rice, AICP, Planning Administrator for the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board will discuss how the small town of Bemidji, Minnesota, is working to update its comprehensive plan to acknowledge the importance of solar energy as a local resource. Jeff Naftal, Manager of the Borough of Dormont, Pennsylvania, will share how his community helped develop and eventually adopt model zoning regulations that sanction solar development. And Amy Heart, the Solar Program Manager for the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will explain how her city adopted a new set of permissive zoning regulations that allow accessory and primary-use solar installations in most locations citywide.

For more information on the Solar Action Webinar Series, click here.

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