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Forum for the Development of a Template Solar Ordinance for North Carolina - Lumberton/Eastern NC

Tuesday September 24, 2013 | 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM | Carolina Civic Center, 315 North Chestnut Street, Lumberton

Forum for the Development of a Template Solar Ordinance for North Carolina
(Presented jointly by the NC Solar Center & the NC Sustainable Energy Association)


Tuesday, September 24, 2013 | 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Carolina Civic Center
315 North Chestnut Street
Lumberton, NC  28359

Join the NC Sustainable Energy Association and the NC Solar Center for the fourth in a series of five public fora designed specifically to spark critical information sharing on the technical, social, and environmental aspects of solar projects.  Following this event, a final meeting is planned for the following time and location:

Charlotte:  Friday, October 18, 2013 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Central Piedmont Community College
Harris Conference Center
3216 CPCC Harris Campus Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208

North Carolina has experienced dynamic growth in solar photovoltaic system development; much of it in rural areas of North Carolina where jobs have been created and tax bases have grown.  Still, there is limited education for the general public, land owners, and local governments on facilitating this type of development in a way that harmonizes with local needs.  Though some towns and counties have already passed their own solar ordinances to provide a useful guide for the development of solar projects, many others have not. These areas can benefit greatly from an improved understanding of solar project basics.  Industry and extra-industry stakeholders can advance this goal and also serve to provide a template for the permitting of solar energy facilities.  We encourage your attendance at this dynamic and informative event.

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3:30 - 4:00 PM  Check-in/Registration

4:00 - 4:30 PM  Overview of Template Ordinance Drafting Process and Solar Project Development in North Carolina: Miriam Makhyoun, NC Sustainable Energy Association Manager of Market Intelligence; Tommy Cleveland, NC Solar Center Renewable Energy Project Coordinator; and  Michael Fucci, Policy and Market Analyst, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association

 4:30 - 5:30 PM  General Discussion: Legal (Beth Trahos, Attorney at Smith, Moore, Leatherwood), planning community (Ken Krulik, Planning Director, Warren County), government (Michael Brown, Property Valuation Specialist for NC Department of Revenue), and the solar industry (Rob Lease, Vice President of Sales, Argand Energy Solutions, LLC)

Moderated by Tommy Cleveland, NC Solar Center Renewable Energy Project Coordinator

5:30 - 6:00 PM   Break

6:00 - 7:00 PM   Introduction to Template Solar Ordinance and Introduction to Institute for Emerging Issues Commons Tool for Public Input —Discussion Moderated by Miriam Makhyoun, Manager of Market Intelligence for NC Sustainable Energy Association, Tommy Cleveland, NC Solar Center Renewable Energy Project Coordinator, and Michael Fucci, Policy and Market Analyst at NC Sustainable Energy Association

7:00 - 7:45 PM Networking:  Light refreshments will be provided

Seating is Limited:   Register today

Benefits of Attendance

  • Gain an understanding of local development and permitting processes.
  • Learn about stakeholder values regarding solar energy facilities and land use.
  • Learn how solar affects local communities.
  • Explore best practices for solar siting.
  • Network with energy leaders, consumers, planners and many others.
  • Participate in break-out session and panel discussion.
  • Inform the process of developing a template ordinance for solar energy facilities in North Carolina for local governments.
  • Hear from experienced individuals who own land and knowledgeable professionals from an array of backgrounds.

Attendee Profile

  • Electric Utilities and Independent Power Producers
  • Local, State and Federal Government Officials and Staff
  • Clean Energy Business Owners and Employees
  • Planning Agencies, Energy Advisors and Consultants
  • Clean Energy Architects, Engineers and Construction Representatives
  • Community College and University Researchers
  • Commercial and Industrial Energy Customers
  • Clean Energy Technology Adopters, Site Owners and Managers
  • Manufacturers of Renewable Energy Systems
  • Clean Energy System Integrators
  • Start-up Entrepreneurs

Seating is Limited:   Register today

For General Information on Public Fora or the Drafting of the Template Solar Ordinance, contact:

Tommy Cleveland, PE
Solar Energy Engineer
North Carolina Solar Center
N.C. State University


Miriam Makhyoun
Manager of Market Intelligence,
NC Sustainable Energy Association,
Office:  (919)-832-7601 x114
Mobile:  (828)-507-9089

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