On Saturday, May 2nd, the U.S. Department of Energy, Sunshot Initiative’s Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs), will host a free workshop at the Cross Insurance Center highlighting strategies that municipalities across Maine can adopt to encourage solar energy development within their communities. Over 40 municipal officials, business leaders, and interested citizens have registered to attend the event.
Represented communities include Bangor, Brewer, Orono, Old Town, Bar Harbor, Augusta, Belfast, Bucksport, Portland, South Portland, Bath, Liberty, Dexter, Dover-Foxcroft, Monroe, and Hampden.
The workshop will feature national and local experts on solar energy in the greater Bangor region and include video comments from Senator Angus King, a strong supporter of domestic energy production.
The event, co-sponsored by the City of Bangor, City of Brewer, Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, and the UMaine Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, will take place on Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM at the Cross Insurance Center.
This interactive workshop is designed for municipal officials, business leaders, and interested citizens. The workshop will provide information on policy creation for local-level solar development, including details on permitting, planning, and zoning.
Areas of focus for the workshop include:
• Solar energy 101
• Benefits and barriers of solar development in the region;
• Understanding the regulatory landscape of solar;
• Getting Maine communities solar ready; and
• Innovative financing options for solar projects.
SolarOPs, the event co-sponsor, is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) program designed to increase the use and integration of solar energy in communities across the United States. The SolarOPs program is part of the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, a collaborative national effort to make solar energy systems cost-competitive with other forms of energy before 2020. To drive down the cost of solar electricity, the US Department of Energy is supporting efforts by private companies, academia, and national laboratories to innovate, educate, and apply best practices in solar energy.