Webinar: Making Solar Work for Co-ops and Municipalities
The key to deployment of solar projects serving electric cooperatives and municipal utilities is overcoming barriers commonly encountered at early project stages. Choosing an experienced development and EPC partner is critical to addressing issues such as lack of financing, site selection, land topography as well as solar program design. Institutions such as NC Clean Energy Technology Center, which has been involved in the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, offers free support for coops and munis to help them design and implement community solar programs. Once potential sites are identified, considerations must be made in view of technology selection, construction quality and vegetation planning & management. What does “going solar” mean for the land, community and local farmers? What does it mean to the electric provider? Our experts will have answers to these questions.
Join us for a robust discussion around what it takes to go solar - from project development to environmental considerations, you’ll hear from:
- Smart pathway options for planning, procurement, construction, operation, maintenance, and financing for any size PV project / Blair Schooff, Chief Business Development Officer, Strata Solar
- Using a holistic approach and community focus to initiating sustainable landscape strategies that work for solar technology on social, economic, and environmental levels / Katie Parker, Vegetation Construction Manager, Strata Solar
- Outreach and technical assistance to electric cooperatives and municipal utilities to develop community solar programs - SunShot Initiative / Achyut Shrestha, Program Manager, North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center
- Property owner benefits of having an electricity “cash crop” with land staying in the family / Bill Floyd, Holstein Solar Facility- Landowner