Solar PV Educational Program to Be Held

— Written By Janine Rywak and last updated by

A solar education program is being held that will explain the technology, construction, regulations, and economics of the utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that are increasing across North Carolina.

Scheduled for Thursday, July 27 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., this event is being offered through Cooperative Extension and presented by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, a division of the College of Engineering at NC State.

The program is being offered at the Union County Agricultural Services and Conference Center, 3230-D Presson Rd. in Monroe.

In addition to providing an understanding of the development and operation of these solar electricity generating facilities, attendees will learn about the various impacts of these systems on the community and the environment.

Specifically, presenters will address common questions about PV panel toxicity, EMF/radiation, economic impacts, system decommissioning, and more. Presenters will also discuss the characteristics that make a site most suitable for solar and provide an overview of solar land leases.

In addition, an opportunity for attendee questions and answers will be provided after a 50-minute presentation. Tommy Cleveland, Solar PV Engineer, P.E., Advanced Energy and Steve Kalland, Executive Director, NC Clean Energy Technology Center N.C. State University, will lead the program.

North Carolina is experiencing rapid growth in utility scale solar. The Solar Energy Industries Association ranked North Carolina number two in the U.S. for cumulative installed solar capacity in 2016.

The objectives of the upcoming program are to educate landowners and elected officials, and to answer questions about solar opportunities within the County.

These topics may include: solar basics, environmental health and safety issues, landowner considerations, land use and impacts, local regulatory topics, solar policy, local economic implications, and also non-utility scale solar topics (such as residential, commercial and community solar).

Anyone interested is encouraged to attend, and the public is invited. Those audiences that will especially be interested are local government staff, county administrators, planning, and permitting.

To help us plan, please call 704-694-2415 and RSVP by Tuesday, July 25th. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, July 27th at 6:00 p.m.