Habitat Friendly Solar Summit

February 19, 2020 | 8:30am-3:30pm

Connexus Energy, 14601 Ramsey Boulevard Northwest , Ramsey MN 55303

Host
Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Fresh Energy, Great Plains Institute, Institute on the Environment
Event Description

Join the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Fresh Energy, Great Plains Institute, and the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment for a full-day summit to discuss the Habitat Friendly Solar Program in Minnesota. At the summit, county and city planning staff, solar developers, SWCD staff, and other stakeholders from across the state will learn more about the opportunities for habitat friendly solar development in Minnesota. We will discuss the current status of habitat friendly solar, review ongoing research efforts, collaborate on the incorporation of habitat friendly solar standards statewide, highlight examples of effective local ordinances, and provide a basic level of training on habitat friendly site design and evaluation.

Agenda

  • 8:30 Registration
  • 9:00 Welcome - Connexus Speaker
  • 9:10 Overview of Ground Mounted Solar in Minnesota
  • 9:45 The Origins of Habitat Friendly Solar in Minnesota
  • 10:15 Break
  • 10:30 How BWSR’s Habitat Friendly Solar Program Works
  • 11:00 Solar Ordinances and Collaboration
  • 11:30 Minnesota DNR Prairie Solar Guidance
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 Identifying Needs and Next Steps
  • 2:15 Two Tracks:

A) Training on Habitat Friendly Solar assessment and forms

B) Presentation/discussion on incorporating habitat friendly solar design standards in local ordinances

  • 3:30 Adjourn
Cost
FREE