What drives your interest in working on solar energy issues?
We as humanity have to figure out how to make solar development work for the survival of the species, and the survival of the planet as we claim to know and love it.
What impact do you feel the SolSmart program will have on the communities with which you will work?
We provide cost-free, personable, and personalized technical, policy, and planning expertise. That’s HUGE for our rural, small, and growing communities that don’t have the staff capacity, financial resources, and/or knowledge resources to guide solar development in a value-adding manner for their individual community.
What aspects of your work plan are you most excited about?
By and far, working with our agricultural and rural-center communities in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul metro. There are some great minds and strong wills to be innovative and progressive.
What do you hope to gain from this experience?
Learning the ways in which solar policies and ordinances can and will take shape across different community types. In addition, working with an array of planning and policy professionals, as well as local city staff, to align solar best practices with community goals for the future.