Promoting Solar Energy Use Through Local Planning
August 23, 2013
This webinar explained why communities should be planning for solar energy use and offered guidance to planners, public officials, and engaged citizens to help them initiate and facilitate conversations about solar in their communities. David Morley, AICP, Senior Research Associate with the American Planning Association, and Brian Ross, Principal with CR Planning, explained why communities should consider solar energy use from a planning perspective. They discussed opportunities that planners, public officials, and engaged citizens have for initiating community conversations about solar energy as a local resource. Finally, they shared some specific tools communities can use to build awareness about solar development opportunities.
September 20, 2013
This webinar took a closer look at how communities can incorporate references to solar energy use as well as specific solar-related goals, policies, and actions into local plan documents. Erin Musiol, AICP, Senior Research Associate with the American Planning Association, focused on the relationships among different types of plans, the reasons for including information about solar energy in different plans and plan sections, and the types of information to consider including in these plans. Musiol was joined by Steve Abraham, AICP, Planning Manager for the Pinal County, Arizona, and Nathan Geisler, Energy Programs Associate with the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan, who personalized the conversation by describing their communities' respective experiences integrating solar into a comprehensive plan and a functional plan.
November 1, 2013
This webinar explained the importance of addressing solar energy use explicitly in local development regulations and highlight some specific types of provisions communities should consider adding to their codes. Ann Dillemuth, AICP, Research Associate with the American Planning Association and Darcie White, AICP, Principal with Clarion Associates, discussed how zoning, subdivision, and building code provisions can promote solar energy use, with a special emphasis on standards for principal and accessory-use solar energy systems, solar access and solar siting provisions, and solar-ready requirements.