Using Solar Energy to Enhance Community Resilience


February 26, 2015
3-4 p.m. ET

Through its participation in the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, APA presented a free webinar exploring how communities can use solar development to enhance resilience.

As global temperatures and energy demand rise, energy and climate experts expect energy prices to escalate and extreme weather events to increase in frequency. Both affect disabled, elderly, and low-income populations disproportionately. While the potential role of solar power in mitigating climate change is well established, the relationship between solar energy and community resilience deserves greater attention.

In this webinar, local energy planner Stephan Schmidt highlighted a number of potential connections between solar energy use and community resilience and present a series of recommendations for local governments. Hazards planning expert Jim Schwab, AICP, discussed opportunities to improve energy security and reduce economic uncertainty by integrating solar development into hazard mitigation and post-disaster recovery planning efforts. Clean energy finance expert Rob Sanders discussed planning and financing clean, resilient power projects (i.e., using solar energy systems with on-site storage to power critical infrastructure).


David Morley, AICP, Senior Research Associate, American Planning Association


Stephan Schmidt, Energy Planner, County of San Luis Obispo, California
Jim Schwab, AICP, Manager of Hazards Planning Research Center, American Planning Association
Rob Sanders, Senior Finance Director, Clean Energy Group

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