Solar@Scale Session 3: Understanding the Market for Large-Scale Solar Development
Recorded On: 02/23/2022
Local government officials can act in ways that either constrain or expand opportunities for large-scale solar development. Officials who understand the key forces driving demand for large-scale solar development are better positioned to use their authority to influence the extent and nature of large-scale solar development. Join this webinar to learn about the most significant trends driving national demand for large-scale solar development, the influence of distinct actors on demand in a particular jurisdiction, and how different levels of government exercise authority over proposed projects.
Brad Neumann, AICP
Senior Extension Educator, Michigan State University
Brad Neumann is a MSU Senior Extension Educator who serves as an educational resource for local and tribal governments across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in the areas of land use planning and zoning, community and economic development and general governance topics including effective meetings and civic engagement. He specializes in Placemaking, planning and zoning for renewable energy systems, local government climate adaptation and mitigation, green infrastructure, and zoning issues related to the Michigan Right to Farm Act and the Land Division Act. Neumann has worked as a private-sector planner and in the capacity of a public-sector planner and has taught and conducted original research as a National Science Foundation Fellow. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and holds certificates from the National Charrette Institute and Form-Based Codes Institute. Brad holds B.S. degrees in Land Use Planning and Economics from Northern Michigan University and a M.S. degree in Natural Resource Economics and Policy from the University of Maine.
Brian Ross, AICP
LEED Green Associate, Great Plains Institute
Brian Ross, AICP, LEED Green Associate, joined the Great Plains Institute in 2015 after 20 years as a consultant working on sustainable development in local decision-making and implementation. He leads the Institute’s work on solar energy market transformation and manages technical and policy programs to help local, regional, and state governments and institutions meet climate and renewable energy goals. Brian currently works with local and regional governments developing community standards for utilizing local solar and wind energy resources.