2018 National Planning Conference

Solar Zoning: Rooftops to Solar Farms

Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. CDT

Location: R09

CM | 1.25

Cost: Included in Registration

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC188216


  • How solar development offers distinct land uses with distinct opportunities and risks for the community
  • How to assess whether zoning ordinances make the community “shovel-ready” for beneficial solar development
  • Fact-based regulatory solutions to perceived problems typically associated with solar development, such as glare, aesthetics, fire safety, and land-use opportunity costs


Solar energy is a rapidly growing industry with more than one million installations nationwide and over 260,000 domestic workers. Municipalities and counties increasingly need to address solar development as growth continues.  Learn best practices to integrate solar development into your community. A renewable-energy planner from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and a senior program director at the Great Plains Institute will provide an overview of best practices to help planners take thoughtful approaches to integrating solar into local plans and ordinances. Three planners from cities and counties will discuss their experiences with addressing solar energy at both the large and small scale. The moderator will encourage dialogue between panelists, specifically related to how best-practice guidance either conforms or deviates from real-life practice. Participants will also learn about the SolSmart program, which provides no-cost technical-assistance opportunities to local governments, specifically planning departments.

Session Speakers

Angie R. Berg
Stearns County
St. Cloud, MN

Megan Day, AICP
Manitou Springs, CO

Lynn Favour, AICP
Maricopa County Plng & Dev Dept.
Phoenix, AZ

David Licon Jr.
City Of Brownsville
Brownsville, TX

Brian M. Ross, AICP
Minneapolis, MN

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