What drives your interest in working on solar energy issues?
Through my policy tracking work at NCCETC, I have learned a great deal about the differences in policies relevant for solar energy across the country, and how different policy choices can affect solar development in different ways. Being a SolSmart Advisor gives me an opportunity to apply the things I have learned in a practical setting.
What impact do you feel the SolSmart program and you as an Advisor will have on the communities with which you will work?
The communities in our cohort are at different places in the SolSmart process; several have already earned Bronze or even Silver designations, while others are just starting. I think we will be able to use the experience of the designated communities to provide a proof of concept for the other communities in the cohort. By cultivating interest in and support for solar in more areas, we can help the cohort get on a solid footing for activities that benefit from wider participation, such as large-scale procurement.
What aspects of your work plan are you most excited about working on?
I am very excited about the opportunity to help develop a model zoning ordinance for solar; the model ordinance could help spread lessons learned in our cohort to other areas of the state and country.
What do you hope to gain from this experience?
I hope to gain experience working with local governments and get a better understanding of how the policy-making process works at the municipal level.