Solar@Scale Session 2: Defining Large-Scale Solar Development
Recorded On: 02/10/2022
As demand for solar power increases, many local government officials want to help the communities they serve capture the benefits of new large-scale solar projects. Furthermore, because these projects represent a new land use in many jurisdictions, many local officials are curious about the tradeoffs associated with large-scale solar development. Join this webinar to explore the concept of large-scale solar development by unpacking the foundational characteristics of large-scale solar energy facilities and their development, highlighting how project context affects perceptions of project scale, and summarizing the most significant potential benefits and tradeoffs of large-scale solar projects for local jurisdictions.
Josh Hohn, AICP
Senior Planner, Stantec
Josh Hohn is a Senior Planner with Stantec where he leads the firm’s environmental services group’s visual resources practice. Prepared for a career in city planning, he quickly recognized the analysis of a project’s effects on landscape aesthetics as an intersection between planning and his academic background in communication theory. Over the past 15 years, Josh has conducted visual impact assessments for dozens of projects across the US, primarily related to power generation, electricity transmission, and transportation. Potential changes to existing landscapes, scenic resources, and important views are often behind a community’s opposition to a proposed development. Understanding this, Josh helps clients and stakeholders achieve a position of shared visual understanding, working with Stantec’s visualization technology services group to do so.
Deputy City Manager, Osawatomie, KS
Bret Glendening is the Deputy City Manager of Osawatomie, KS. Bret earned both his bachelor's degree and MPA from Kansas State University. Upon graduation, Bret worked for the League of Kansas Municipalities where he assisted cities with HR and finance issues, and was also a licensed P&C insurance agent for a group funded workers' compensation pool for municipalities. Bret then served as Budget & Finance Officer for Riley County, Kansas where he helped develop their risk and financial management practices and procedures as well as the county's annual budget. Bret then spent 5 years as City Manager in Osawatomie, Kansas, where he dealt with a major flood that overtopped the levee system in 2007 as well as worked to get their finances cash reserves from 1-2% to 10% or more in some funds and get debt down to $8 million. Taking a break from the public sector, Bret went to work as a procurement manager for Kiewit Power Constructors in Lenexa, Kansas for 10 years where he supported projects across the country in both estimating and execution, including scale utility grade solar projects (364MWdc in one instance and nearly 1GWdc in another).