Guiding NH to Smart Solar Siting

APA Northern New England Chapter

#9130250

Thursday, June 22, 2017
9 a.m. - noon EDT

Concord, NH, United States

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Overview

New Hampshire has yet to see the dramatic growth of solar power development like our neighbors in Vermont & Massachusetts, yet we know it's coming soon. NHSEA and its partners intend to help guide this growth with a series of events and a Best Practices Guide that will help municipalities and developers work together to site responsibly and in a manner that benefits the community, the state, and the industry.

In this first forum of our series, we will provide a general overview of state and municipal level issues related to solar siting. We will also discuss many important siting aspects from the perspective of Vermont officials who can share what they've learned to help New Hampshire avoid potential pitfalls. We will explore in depth issues specific to the Granite State, including zoning ordinances and planning regulations, planning board engagement, siting costs, permitting, and methods for taxation that work for communities and projects alike.

 

 

 

Resource URL

http://www.nhsea.org

Speakers

Billy Coster

Billy Coster is the Director of Natural Resources Planning for the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. Billy manages the Office of Planning, which coordinates the Agency’s environmental review of large-scale commercial, residential and energy-related development through participation in Vermont’s Act 250 land use and Section 248 energy development ... Read More

Darren Springer

Darren Springer, Chief Operating Officer, leads the Center for Innovation at Burlington Electric Department (BED). He is responsible for providing dynamic guidance, transformative vision, and exemplary support to many departments, including: Policy & Planning, Finance, Information Technology, and Energy Services. Prior to joining BED, Darren served as Chief of Staff for ... Read More

Tom Burack

Tom is a nationally recognized strategic leader in the fields of environmental, public health and energy regulation, as well as organizational management and governance. At the start of 2017, Tom returned to Sheehan Phinney after serving for over ten years as the Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental ... Read More

Mark Fougere

Mark is the President of Fougere Planning & Development, Inc. and is an AICP land use planner with over 29 years of both public and private sector experience. He has an extensive background in project management dealing with a broad array of planning related issues, including spearheading rezoning efforts, managing development ... Read More

Sherry Trefry

Sherrie Trefry is the Director of Energy and Environmental Services for VHB’s NH practice. VHB is a 1,300-person engineering and environmental consulting firm based out of Watertown, MA that serves clients across transportation, real estate, government, and energy markets. Sherrie has 13 years of experience in environmental permitting ... Read More

Contact Info

Brianna Brand, brianna@nhsea.org