Along with the Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs), the South Carolina Energy Office (SCEO) is working their utility partners in addition to the Municipal Association of SC, the SC Association of Counties, SC City and County Management Association as well as private entities such as the SC Clean Energy Business Alliance and the SC Solar Council to hold a series of workshops for planning and zoning officials across the state in May. Workshops will address changes to the solar outlook for South Carolina, planning and ordinances, permitting, inspecting, challenges posed to first responders and will be led by representatives from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), the American Planning Association (APA), the International City/County Management Association, Duke Energy Carolinas, and South Carolina Electric & Gas. In addition the State Fire Academy will host sessions for first responders.
These one-day workshops will be held in three locations across the state and will run from 9:30am-4pm.
May 13: Greenville – Register below.
Roper Mountain Science Center
402 Roper Mountain Road
Greenville, SC 29615
May 14: Columbia – Event fully booked. Please consider registering for Greenville or Charleston.
220 Operation Way
Cayce, SC 29033
May 15: Charleston – Register here.
North Charleston City Hall
2500 City Hall Lane
North Charleston, SC 29406
Lunch is provided for registered participants.
4 AICP CM Credits for Planners
3 CEUs for Codes Enforcement Officers
4 hours of SC Planning Credits
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Solar Workshop for Municipal Employees
May 13: Roper Mountain Science Center, Greenville
May 14: SCANA Headquarters, Cayce
May 15: North Charleston City Hall, N. Charleston
9:30 – 9:45 Welcome and Introductions
9:45 – 10:00 Plenary: The Changing Landscape for Solar in SC Representatives from the local utility will give a brief overview of changes expected from the Distributed Energy Resources Program Act. We will hear from utility representatives about their new programs aimed at increasing solar energy production and how that could affect local governments.
10:15 – 10:30 Plenary: Solar 101—Common Terms and Procedures This session will provide a brief overview of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, solar thermal systems, concentrated solar power installations, and passive solar design, as well as basic terminology, so that all participants share a common understanding.
10:30 – 10:45 Break (At this time, first responders will move off-site to a nearby solar installation for a hands-on demonstration and session led by the State Fire Academy. See inset box below for session topics and times**)
10:45 – 11:30 Planning for Solar: Are Existing Ordinances and Plans Adequate?
How does solar fit in with your community’s vision and existing plans? What competing priorities need to be considered? Do ordinances need modifying to provide clear use permissions and complimentary development regulations?
11:30 – 11:45 Identifying Goals: Why Permitting Reform? In light of the information presented earlier in the day regarding the growing solar market in South Carolina, we will explore reasons why solar permitting reform is worth considering for municipalities in the state.
11:45 – 12:45 Identifying Successful Approaches—Part I We will begin by identifying key principles for permitting reform, based on Best Practices identified by IREC and The Vote Solar Initiative. Then we will investigate ways to simplify the first two steps of the permitting process:
- Pre-application materials; and
- Application form, submittal and fees
We will rely on successful approaches in other jurisdictions to identify ways to modify permitting processes locally that benefit both the permitting jurisdiction and the solar industry.
12:45 – 1:15 LUNCH
Once people get their food, we will continue with the presentation.
1:15 PM – 2:15 Identifying Successful Approaches—Part II We will continue our discussion of application submittal and review, and will then look at successful approaches to simplifying the last stage of the permitting process: inspections. As with Part I above, we will be focused on win-win solutions for the permitting jurisdiction and the solar industry.
2:15 PM – 2:45 Regional Coordination: Examples & Discussion
We will discuss the value of regional coordination on improving the permitting process and facilitate discussion on opportunities for collaboration.
2:45 PM – 3:00 Wrap-Up
Date(s) - May 13, 2015
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Roper Mountain Science Center
Bookings are closed for this event.