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Great Plains Institute Webinar: Navigating the Low-Impact Solar Development Process - Community Engagement, Planning, and Tools

  • 08 Apr 2024
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online - see description

In the clean energy future, every community is a host community for energy generation. Former mine lands and brownfields in our communities present an opportunity to host low-impact renewable energy development and to create value on lands that are frequently difficult to develop, as described in our first workshop.  But how does a community discern whether these marginal lands are able to be developed?  Who can communities turn to for assistance?  What financial resources can a community tap to enable desired renewable energy development? 

The second workshop in the Low-Impact Solar series will address:

  1. The importance of proactively engaging the community in the low-impact solar energy development process.
  2. Technical assistance to help understand opportunities and learn from previous projects.
  3. Accessing funding from the Federal and State governments that prioritize remediation and energy redevelopment of marginal lands

The Great Plains Institute will facilitate the workshop, featuring speakers from Illinois and Federal agencies working on remediation and solar redevelopment, the solar industry, The Nature Conservancy’s Mining the Sun program, and the Great Lakes Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center.
This workshop will be held virtually on April 8 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Central.


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If you missed the first workshop, you can view the recording at

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