Solar energy generation prices have plunged in recent years.
The average cost of installation for solar energy generation tumbled 43% from 2010 – 2015. The main reason behind this drop in cost is due to decreasing equipment prices. However, the non-equipment (soft) costs have stayed consistent. Communities have played a large role in lowering the soft costs associated with installing solar energy systems. This white paper reviews the factors that communities could consider when assessing their own zoning practices to implement solar deployment.
Project leader, renewable energy planner at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, leading research, analysis, and technical assistance on local energy planning and policy and utility-scale photovoltaic development
Author of multiple studies, technical reports, and articles on city energy planning, community data analysis, renewable energy deployment
National technical solar advisory through the SolSmart program, working with dozens of communities across the country to integrate solar land uses in zoning codes
Part of NREL’s InSPIRE research, examining synergies between solar farm development, agriculture, and natural systems to document low-impact solar development designs
Extensive solar development experience, including overseeing regulatory compliance and land entitlement staff and processes for more than 600 acres and 110 megawatts of PV plant installations across the U.S.
State and national trainings and webinars on solar zoning best practices, including national SolSmart webinars, APA National Planning Conference, State APA conferences, Smart Growth Network, U.S. DOE and NREL sponsored webinars
M.A. degree in urban and regional planning, University of Colorado
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