Upcoming webinars to focus on rooftop solar, zoning for utility-scale wind, solar projects

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 16, 2021
Nick Assendelft, Public Information Officer, AssendelftN@Michigan.gov, 517-388-3135
Julie Staveland, Manager, Sustainability Section, StavelandJ@Michigan.gov, 517-420-8544

Four more webinars that will take a deep dive into local government rooftop solar development and planning and zoning for utility-scale wind and solar energy projects have been scheduled in March and April as part of the Clean Energy and Energy Management series sponsored by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan.

The webinars, presented through EGLE's Energy Services Community Energy Management (CEM) program, continue a series of instructional opportunities for local officials to learn about available programs and what's needed when planning and zoning for alternative energy projects.

Wednesday's webinar, Helping Facilitate Rooftop Solar in Your Community, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon March 17. It will highlight a successful program and new toolkit that communities can use to encourage the use of distributed generation by local households.

That webinar will be followed by three others:

  • Introduction to Planning & Zoning for Wind and Solar. 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, March 30. Discusses why planners - especially in rural communities - need to start zoning for renewable energy.
  • Planning & Zoning for Utility-Scale Wind. 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 13. Includes practical planning and zoning tools.
  • Planning & Zoning for Utility-Scale Solar. 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 27. A look at what is needed for projects at least 20 acres in size.

Registration links for all four webinars can be found on the CEM Program webpage.

Past webinars in the series have discussed energy efficiency programs, municipal benchmarking, energy audits and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. The recordings and slides are posted to the CEM program webpage.

EGLE's Energy Services assists, educates and encourages communities to advance conservation and efficient use of energy resources to provide a healthier environment and achieve greater energy security. Through the CEM program, communities share information about efforts at implementing building energy efficiency or moving toward more renewable energy.

For questions about the Clean Energy and Energy Management webinars and resources - or any other Energy Services programs - email EGLE-EnergyServices@michigan.gov.

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