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New Hampshire: Solar Siting & Farmland: Siting Options and Considerations
September 2 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Climate change and loss of agricultural land to non-farming uses threaten New England agriculture. Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont all have state-based renewable energy goals and farmland protection goals. This workshop will provide an overview of smart solar siting principles, examples of co-locating solar on farmland, best management practices that enhance conservation outcomes, and solar and conservation easement compatibility. We’ll share examples of solar projects on farmland and discuss ways that towns and cities can adopt policies and practices to promote a balanced approach to solar developments while retaining and protecting agricultural land.
Core speakers include: Emily Cole, Ph.D.- American Farmland Trust’s New England Climate & Agriculture Program Manager and Jake Marley, Hyperion Systems, LLC.
State specific contributors: Madeleine Mineau- Executive Director at Clean Energy NH and Alex Metzger, Stewardship Director, Monadnock Conservancy