Asheville forum offers opportunity to provide input for template solar ordinance for NC


Presented jointly by
the NC Solar Center & the NC Sustainable Energy Association

Thursday, August 8, 2013 | 4:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Ferguson Auditorium
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
340 Victoria Road
Asheville, NC 28801
Join the NC Solar Center and the NC Sustainable Energy Association for the third in a series of five public fora designed specifically to spark critical information sharing on the technical, social, and environmental aspects of solar projects, with the goal of informing the development of a template solar ordinance for NC. Following this event, subsequent meetings are planned for the following times and locations:


Tuesday, August 20, 2013 | 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Carolina Civic Center
315 North Chestnut Street
Lumberton, NC  28359
Friday, October 18, 2013 | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Harris Conference Center
3216 Central Piedmont Community College Harris Campus Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28208



North Carolina has experienced dynamic growth in solar photovoltaic system development; much of it in rural areas of North Carolina where jobs have been created and tax bases have grown.  Still, there is limited education for the general public, land owners, and local governments on facilitating this type of development in a way that harmonizes with local needs.  Though some towns and counties have already passed solar ordinances to provide a useful guide for the development of solar projects, many others have not. This forum series offers a chance for local education and discussion on solar development, as well as an opportunity for all stakeholders to begin to provide input to the drafting of the template solar ordinance for North Carolina. The template solar ordinance will be available in October and can be adapted and adopted by counties and municipalities across the state.   We encourage your attendance at this dynamic and informative event.

Seating is Limited:   Register today


Benefits of Attendance


  • Increase your understanding of local solar development and permitting processes and issues.
  • Learn about stakeholder values regarding solar energy facilities and land use.
  • Learn how solar affects local communities.
  • Explore best practices for solar siting.
  • Network with energy leaders, consumers, planners and many others.
  • Participate in break-out session and panel discussion.
  • Play a part in the process of developing a set of common ‘rules of the road’ for solar energy facilities in North Carolina.
  • Hear from experienced individuals who own land and knowledgeable professionals from an array of backgrounds.


Attendee Profile


  • Electric Utilities and Independent Power Producers
  • Local, State and Federal Government Officials and Staff
  • Clean Energy Business Owners and Employees
  • Planning Agencies, Energy Advisors and Consultants
  • Clean Energy Architects, Engineers and Construction Representatives
  • Community College and University Researchers
  • Commercial and Industrial Energy Customers
  • Clean Energy Technology Adopters, Site Owners and Managers
  • Manufacturers of Renewable Energy Systems
  • Clean Energy System Integrators
  • Start-up Entrepreneurs



3:30 – 4:00 PM  Check-in/Registration
4:00 – 4:15 PM  Welcome/Introduction and Overview:
Tommy Cleveland, NC Solar Center Renewable Energy Project Coordinator
4:15 – 4:30 PM  Overview of Template Ordinance Version 1.1 &


Introduction to Institute for Emerging Issues Commons Tool for Public Input

Miriam Makhyoun, NCSEA Manager of Market Intelligence
Tommy Cleveland, NC Solar Center Renewable Energy Project Coordinator

4:30 – 5:15 PM  General Discussion: Legal (Beth Trahos of Smith, Moore, Leatherwood), Agriculture, Forestry, Environmental, Planning communities (Chris Martin of Cleveland County and Lisa McCarter of the town of Waxhaw), and Government (Michael Brown of N.C. Department of Revenue)

(Moderated by Adam Lovelady of the UNC School of Government)
5:15 – 6:30 PM   Break
6:30 – 7:15 PM   Solar Industry Panel Discussion Moderated by Miriam Makhyoun, NCSEA Manager of Market Intelligence


7:15 – 7:45 PM
Light refreshments will be provided.
Live text polling will take place throughout the event to inform the drafting of a template solar ordinance for North Carolina communities to adopt.
Seating is Limited:   Register today