In fall 2016, the Michigan legislature amended the Clean and Renewable Energy and Energy Waste Reduction Act (PA 295 of 2008) with passage of PA 342 of 2016 requiring electric providers to achieve a renewable energy credit portfolio of at least 15% by 2021.
Additionally, the cost of electricity from solar has dropped by nearly 75% since 2009, and is expected to fall 66% further by 2040, by some accounts.
With such events and trends, owners of large tracts of property in Michigan and local governments are seeing increased activity among solar energy developers exploring options for solar energy development. In response, Michigan State University Extension developed this training program for local government officials on planning and zoning for solar energy.
This program is an opportunity for local government officials to learn about steps and considerations for planning and zoning for solar energy development. The program will cover:
- The Context of Solar Energy Development, including the new Michigan law and the state of the industry;
- Introduction to Types/Scales of Solar, including Michigan examples;
- Local Government Planning Approaches for Solar, with emphasis on planning for marginal lands first; and
- Zoning Tools and Techniques for Solar, including siting and feasibility concerns.
Where: There are seven program locations/dates:Traverse City - November 8
Michigan WORKS! Service Center
1209 S. Garfield Ave., Suite C
Traverse City, MI 49686
East Lansing - November 8
MSU Anthony Hall - Room 1240
474 S. Shaw Ln.
East Lansing, MI 48824
Caro - November 8
Tuscola County MSU Extension Training Room
362 Green St.
Caro, MI 48723
Escanaba - November 13
Delta Boardroom, CUPPAD Offices
2950 College Ave.
Escanaba, MI 49829
Hancock - November 13 (distance learning connection to Escanaba)
Copper Country ISD
809 Hecla St.
Hancock, MI 49930
Sault Ste. Marie - November 13 (distance learning connection to Escanaba)
Sault Ste. Marie SmartZone
2345 Meridian St.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Vicksburg - November 13, 5:30-8:30pm
Vicksburg Library Heritage Room
215 S. Michigan Ave.
Vicksburg, MI 49097
When: All workshops (except Vicksburg) run 6 - 9 p.m. Master Citizen Planners will earn 3 hours of continuing education.
$55 for Regular Registrants
$50 for Master Citizen Planners and groups of two or more from the same municipality
There is a fee of $15 for cancellations after Nov. 1.
Program cost includes handouts and light refreshments.
Preregistration is required. Registration will not be available on-site.
Instructors: All instructors are MSU faculty/staff with professional planning experience.
Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.
For more information, contact Harmony Gmazel, AICP, Extension Educator, at 734-222-3832 or email@example.com.