Solar Workshop for Public Officials

Planning and Zoning for Solar PV

solar workshopThe New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) NY-Sun PV Trainers Network and the Washington County Planning Department invite all local public officials involved in the planning, permitting, inspection, or approval processes for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to attend the Planning and Zoning for Solar PV Workshop.

April 19, 2016 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hudson Falls High School
80 E Labarge St, Hudson Falls, NY 12839

This workshop will discuss basic strategies to develop a policy and planning framework that supports this growing market. Participants will learn about public engagement techniques to support solar policies, the legal process in plan making, and nationally accepted best practices and common features found in comprehensive and other local plans.

This workshop will also review strategies and best practices for developing a clear, comprehensive, and enforceable solar permitting and regulatory framework. The workshop will present sample provisions for permitted uses, dimensional standards, development standards and definitions. In addition, the NY State Unified Solar Permit will be reviewed. Policymakers who complete this course are eligible to receive complementary one-on-one technical support in designing and implementing smart solar policy in their local jurisdiction.

Presenter: Jessica Bacher, Pace Land Use Law Center

Note: There is a $10 charge for this event. Payment options: online (credit/debit) or check  *Please make checks payable to Washington County Treasurer*

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For questions contact: Layne Darfler, Planning Clerk, Washington County Planning Department, (518) 746-2290,

Course credits: This course may qualify for credit hours toward meeting the NY State mandatory training requirement for local planning and zoning board officials. Check with your municipality for further information. Attendance certificates will be available.

About the program: The PV Trainers Network is part of NY-Sun, Governor Cuomo’s initiative to greatly increase the amount of installed solar capacity throughout New York State. Through education, training, and technical assistance, the Network helps local governments and stakeholders identify opportunities, mitigate barriers, and create programs that drive the development of solar electric (photovoltaic or PV) markets in communities across the state. Please visit for more information.

This information is being provided for informational purposes and is not sponsored nor specifically endorsed by CDRPC.