The Encore team hit the road this winter to share our ongoing work co-locating solar with agriculture at RE+ NE and the Solar Farm Summit.
At the end of February, Jesse Stowell, Lauren Glickman, Josh Dansie and Lilly Kuhn attended RE+ NE in Boston. The team spent two days walking the packed show floor connecting with colleagues and partners. Jesse Stowell delivered the Vermont Policy Briefing on the challenges and opportunities to renewable development in Vermont.
Lauren Glickman joined the panel “Solar in My Backyard” to discuss the best approach to siting solar projects favorably and in alignment with local land use preferences and regulations. This was a unique opportunity to share Encore’s perspectives on building solar arrays on disturbed lands like brownfields and landfills, as well as, our projects that deploy agrivoltaics like pollinator-friendly ground cover and solar grazing.
In March, Lauren Glickman, Rob Greer and Owen Dartley attended the first-ever Solar Farm Summit in Chicago. Encore was proud to sponsor the first conference dedicated to highlighting the benefits of co-locating solar AND agricultural activity. The team spent 2+ days in the sold out exhibit hall speaking with attendees about the benefits we’re seeing first hand deploying pollinator-friendly ground cover and solar grazing across our portfolio of projects. Lauren Glickman also had the opportunity to share the data collected by Bee the Change about the increase in pollinator species found across our portfolio of projects with a poster on “The Opportunity of Dual Land Use Solar” and stepped in for Chad Farrell who was snowed in back in Vermont from the main stage for a quick talk highlighting the benefits and importance of Agrivoltaics to our work.
It’s great to be back in person and our team looks forward to connecting at events this spring and summer.