Collaborating to Achieve Solar Energy Goals without Impacting Critical Lands
Nature and nature-based solutions are key to addressing the impacts of climate change. But we know that is not enough. Energy efficiency, converting from fossil fuels to renewables, and expanding multimodal transportation options all have to be part of the solution. The Governor and the Virginia General Assembly have set energy goals that fully decarbonize Virginia’s electricity grid by 2050.
These goals incentivize energy efficiency and a broad expansion of rooftop solar generation. Industrial-scale renewables are also part of the plan. For a clean and green future, we need to site renewable energy away from the vital lands that support wildlife, clean water, conserved property, forests, and prime soils. Join us for presentations and discussion.
Moderator: Kate Wofford, Executive Director, Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley
A Model: Introduction to Solar Siting Considerations
Speaker: Judy Dunscomb, Senior Conservation Scientist for The Nature Conservancy
Working with Localities on Solar Planning
Speaker: Sara Hollberg, Land Use Planning Consultant
Presentation Slides:Sara Hollberg, Locality Decision Making, April 20, 2021