Zoning Changes For Solar And Wind Energy Permits


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Zoning Changes For Solar And Wind Energy Permits

  1. 1. The Planning & Zoning Resource Corp. (800) 344-2944Zoning Changes for Solar and Wind Energy Permits http://www.pzr.com
  2. 2. • Wind energy and solar energy industries grew at a healthy pace in 2011. There are several federal and statewide incentives in place including a U.S.• Treasury Department program that reimburses developers 30 percent of project costs. The need and desire for renewable energy continuous to grow.• Cities and countries across the nation are realizing the benefits of attracting such projects to their region and community along with the need to allow for zoning exemptions, solar and wind energy friendly land use policies plus fast track approvals of solar energy projects. http://www.pzr.com
  3. 3. According to CleanEnergyAuthority.com below are the top 10solar energy friendly states.• California• New Jersey• Colorado• New Mexico• Pennsylvania• Massachusetts• Connecticut• Oregon• Minnesota• Tie: Hawaii (with 14 megawatts of solar production in 2008), New York (22 megawatts), Arizona (25 megawatts), and Nevada. http://www.pzr.com
  4. 4. Here are 25 cities which are part of the DOE program that canserve as a role model for other cities and counties which do nothave zoning and land use laws in place to support solar energy orother clean energy projects.Here are 2 examples of how these cities implemented zoning changesto support and encourage green energy. Source : http://solaramericacommunities.energy.gov/Cities.aspx http://www.pzr.com
  5. 5. 1 New York City, New York NYC Solar Empowerment Zones are strategically selected geographical regions where solar power is most viable and beneficial from a technical standpoint. Each of the three initial zones has a “day-peaking” energy usage profile that conforms closely to the daily production of solar power. "Establishing Solar Zones will help target solar installations where they make the most sense," said New York City Economic Development President Seth W. Pinsky. "This will provide environmental benefits and help create green jobs in the New York City solar industry." http://www.pzr.com
  6. 6. 2 Minneapolis and Saint Paul, MN Minneapolis and Saint Paul engaged in dialogue with installers, manufacturers, and land use planners on how development regulations should be changed to allow solar investment while protecting community character and property values. The Twin Cities Solar America Cities program worked with other cities across the nation to assess options for zoning and development code modifications regarding solar energy. Clearly changing zoning laws is not a straightforward process. However forward looking communities can look at the above examples and implement best practices. Please do contact PZR for all solar energy zoning related questions. http://www.pzr.com
  7. 7. Americas Leading Zoning ConsultantCreator and Sole Provider of the PZR Report ® Request a Free Quote Get the answers you need, today. http://www.pzr.com