Growing Local Solar Workshops

Join us to explore how state and local policies and programs can attract new solar projects and green jobs. This series of workshops is designed to provide resources for local governmental officials and staff within county, township, city and village jurisdictions and to encourage solar activists to work with their communities to enable solar development.

Co-hosted by the Ohio Environmental Council, Growing Local Solar workshops have been held at Denison University (August 2018), the University of Dayton (March 2019), and Newburgh Heights, outside Cleveland (August 2019).

Presentations and panel discussions with policy, legal, and business experts cover a range of topics, including:

  • land use
  • building codes and zoning considerations
  • community choice aggregation and solar cooperatives
  • interconnection standards
  • challenges of historical districts and homeowners’ associations;
  • energy special improvement districts (eSIDs)
  • Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing

The agendas also include conversations with the teams responsible for the development of local solar arrays and ends with a guided tour of the installation.