Planning and Zoning for Solar Energy Systems-Calhoun County

April 27, 2023 6:30PM - 7:30PM

Registration Deadline: April 23, 2023 - 12:00AM

Convis Township Conference Center, 19500 15 Mile Road, Marshall, MI 49068

Contact: Calhoun County MSU Extension Office -269-781-0784

April 27, 2023
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Convis Township Conference Center
19500 15 Mile Road
Marshall, MI  49068

Michigan’s diverse energy future is set in motion. Utility companies have bold plans to expand solar options and other forms of renewable energy over the next two decades and beyond. This means nearly every community in Michigan will be approached about a solar installation within the next five years. This is especially true for places in southern Michigan, like Calhoun County. This reality has led many communities to consider solar energy systems in their master plans and zoning ordinances. 

Join MSU Extension for a one-hour program covering why and how Michigan communities are planning and zoning for solar energy systems (SES). 

The purpose of this training is to provide community members with an overview of how communities are preparing for these developments through planning and zoning. This training is based on the Planning and Zoning for Solar Energy Systems: A Guide for Michigan Local Governments and will explain: 

  • The context for solar energy development in Michigan; 
  • How various components, scales, and configurations of SES fit into landscape patterns ranging between rural, suburban, and urban; 
  • Planning and siting considerations for solar energy systems including colocation with other land uses; and? 
  • Sample zoning approaches that attempt to balance the interests of property owners and the community as a whole. 

Presented by Tyler Augst, MSU Extension Educator 

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