Solar Energy and Land-Use Regulation

Zoning Practice — November 2010

By Brian Ross, AICP, Suzanne Rhees, AICP


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This article provides an update on the ongoing Solar America Cities (SAC) program and shares how SAC cities have made code changes in response to the program’s call to identify and remove barriers to the use of solar energy in urban areas.


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Nov. 1, 2010
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About the Authors

Brian Ross, AICP
<p>Brian Ross leads GPI's renewable energy program, helping local, state and regional governments on clean energy, climate, and sustainability initiatives. He works on renewable energy policy and land use regulation, state rules, utility integration, and market transformation efforts. Brian led development of state-specific model ordinances and land use best practices and renewable energy planning guidance resource for six Midwestern states and provided technical assistance to dozens of communities on clean and resilient energy development. Brian helped manage the MN Solar Pathways project, a ground-breaking 3-year initiative to model and evaluate solar deployment strategies to achieve a high-renewable future in Minnesota, and currently helps lead the national PV-SMaRT project on large-scale solar and water quality. He serves on the national technical advisory team for the SolSmart solar-ready certification program and helped create and administer GPI's pilot "EV-Ready Communities" recognition program. Brian leads the Climate Champions program for APA's Sustainable Communities Division. </p>

Suzanne Rhees, AICP