Solar + Ag Project Development Best Practices

Solar + Ag Project Development Best Practices

October 26-27, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

“This is the most comprehensive Agrivoltaics course on the market. I highly recommend to anyone working in the renewable energy space that is trying to get up to speed on agrivoltaic project development and market trends.” Senior Development Associate, NYSERDA

The widespread adoption and development of solar across a nearly full range of landscapes, topographies and geographies has triggered multiple “dual use” innovations.  Among the most promising of these is agrivoltaics: incorporating into a solar project natural resource practices broadly characterized as agriculture – such as pollinating, sheep grazing and the cultivation of crops as well as natural grasses.  These additional elements can benefit a project’s carbon footprint, community appeal and economics.

This tutorial course will provide a coherent road map:

  • What elements comprise dual-use solar and agrivoltaics projects
  • The “dollars-and-sense” value proposition of dual-use solar and agrivoltaics for renewable energy developers
  • From a project development perspective, the impact on solar design, engineering and operations costs and development timetables
  • Implementation case studies under multiple dual-use solar and agrivoltaic project development scenarios
  • Best practices for scoping and implementing dual-use solar and agrivoltaic projects

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will gain practical skills and insights on how to:

  • Review the fundamental elements and best practices that best inform project developers considering dual-use/agrivoltaic projects
  • Identify the Ag practices that can be co-located with solar project development, as well as their potential outcomes
  • Assess what modifications to conventional project development practices and component selection are necessary to accommodate Ag elements
  • Estimate cost (LCOE) vs. benefits of co-locating agricultural practices with solar projects
  • Analyze supplemental revenue streams associated with dual use solar/agrivoltaic elements
  • Examine case studies of dual-use solar/agrivoltaics projects from the perspective of project sponsors, developers and EPCs

Agenda

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Course Timing

 

9:00 – 9:20 a.m. :: Overview & Introductions

9:20 – 10:45 a.m. :: Dual-Use Solar/Agrivoltaics Components

  • Types
  • Current installations
  • Variables
  • Tools

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. :: Morning Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Evaluating Dual-Use Solar/Agrivoltaics Project Modifications

  • Adjustments required to typical solar installation design
    • Modules
    • Structural (racking, tracking)
    • Array and infrastructure layout

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:45 p.m. :: Engineering and Component Dual-Use Solar/Agrivoltaics Project Development Cost Impacts

  • Design adder(s)
  • Capital adder(s)
  • Engineering adder(s)
  • Labor adder(s)
  • Ag feature(s) adder(s)
  • O&M
  • Impact on LCOE

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:00 – 4:45 p.m. :: Weighing the Dual-Use Solar/Agrivoltaics Value Proposition

  • Grazing
  • Pollination
  • Crops
  • Native vegetation
  • Benefits to solar production from dual-use/ag elements
  • Subtractions from solar production from dual-use/ag elements
  • Analyze supplemental revenue streams associated with dual-use solar/agrivoltaic elements
  • Scalability
  • Selecting appropriate dual-use/ag elements

4:45 p.m. :: Course Adjourns for Day

 

Thursday, October 27, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Course Timing

 

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Dual-Use Solar/Agrivoltaics Case Studies

  • For several years, EDF Renewables (EDFR) has successfully incorporated grazing with sheep and pollinating with commercial bees at its 23.4 MW solar project in Ottawa, Canada.  With a large portfolio of solar projects in development throughout New York State, the renewable energy developer is looking to recreate similar successes in that market.  To help, EDF partnered with the Town of Mount Morris (hosting one of their projects) along with a few beekeeping, solar grazing and local economic development experts to create the first enterprise budget for grazing and keeping commercial bees on a largescale solar site in New York State.  The study also investigated the demand for lamb and honey, both locally and at a regional scale.  This session will summarize results of the study.
  • In Summer 2021, BlueWave Solar completed a first-of-its-kind dual-use, 4.2-MW community solar project located on a blueberry farm in Rockport, Maine blueberry farm in Maine. The project incorporates varying tiers of defined construction procedures to determine the effects of different approaches that optimize the agrivoltaic outcome.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: Dual-Use Solar/Agrivoltaics Case Studies

  • In its Aurora Solar portfolio, Enel Green Power has incorporated multiple agrivoltaic elements across 16 project sites in 12 counties, spanning a combined 900 acres in Minnesota. It has blended pollinator habitat with grazing as key elements of its vegetation management. The case study will describe the preparation and administration of its cultural practices at this utility scale.
  • Encore Renewable Energy collaborates with its renewable energy development sponsor Greenbacker Capital on several community-based solar projects that incorporate multiple agrivoltaic cultural practices.  This case study will describe how the two organizations execute on these commitments.

12:15 p.m. :: Course Adjournment

Workshop

Scoping A Dual-Use Solar/Agrivoltaic Project

Thursday, October 27, 2022 : Central Time

This workshop will provide guidance on how to utilize the essential tools for building a dual-use solar/agrivoltaic project pro forma and supporting documentation.  It will also outline an implementation blueprint and strategy for incorporating the ag-related functions into a conventional project development strategy.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify where to source info and data to inform preparation of solar dual use/agrivoltaic documentation
  • Demonstrate industry software tools to guide solar dual use/agrivoltaic pro forma development
  • Construct a strategy and process blueprint for solar dual use/agrivoltaic implementation

Agenda

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.
Log In

1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Workshop Timing

 

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. :: Overview & Introductions

1:15 – 2:45 p.m. :: Building a Pro Forma

  • Sourcing info and data
  • System Advisor Model (SAM) & PVWatts
  • InSPIRE Agrivoltaics Financial Calculator

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. :: Preparing an Implementation Blueprint

  • Evaluating dual-use solar/agrivoltaic options
  • Identifying and managing the team of experts
  • Stakeholder and local agency engagement
  • Ensuring fit and compatibility
  • Procuring services

4:30 p.m. :: Workshop Adjournment

Instructors

Kevin Campbell, Senior Manager – Development, EDF Renewables

Kevin Campbell is senior manager of development at EDF Renewables.  In this role, he is the project lead during the development and permitting phase of various utility-scale renewable energy projects across New York State. His primary responsibilities are to manage the land acquisition, permitting, community engagement, and preliminary design and development. Based in Toronto, Ontario, Mr. Campbell manages a diverse team of land agents, environmental and engineering consultants, and attorneys, to navigate the complex development and permitting process in the empire state. He has 11 years of solar development experience in Canada and the United States and currently oversees a development portfolio of 1,000 MW of solar projects. Prior to joining EDFR a decade ago, Mr. Campbell held various engineering and operational roles for seven years with Shell Canada.


Nick DeVries, Senior Vice President – Technology & Asset Management, Silicon Ranch

Nick DeVries is Senior Vice President of Technology & Asset Management at Silicon Ranch.  He is responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s operating portfolio, as well as technology decisions for new projects.  He has more than 20 years of diverse renewable energy, semiconductor, and military experience that inform his current work, including serving in executive positions at SolarCity, Phoenix Solar, and Applied Materials.  Mr. DeVries’ renewable energy industry expertise spans module and cell manufacturing, photovoltaic project design and operation, auxiliary grid services, as well as the prediction and demonstration of the energy harvest of novel PV technologies. He has also worked on manufacturing amorphous silicon modules, and on process machine control of cell splitting and cascading cell bonding processes with heterojunction crystalline cells. Silicon Ranch owns and Mr. DeVries now operates projects that he himself designed nearly a decade ago, including the first transmission interconnected PV plant in the Southeast.  He holds patents in both PV module manufacturing and design.  While at Applied Materials, he advanced the use of statistical process control to enhance the reliability of production equipment. He has led the commissioning of process equipment at Intel semiconductor factories in both the U.S. and Europe, and entire solar cell factories in India, Germany, Spain, and China.  He served as an Infantry Captain in the United States Army, with tours in Kuwait and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Mr. DeVries earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University.


Gavin Meinschein, Senior Engineer, DSD Renewables

Gavin Meinschein is Director of Engineering at Enovate Engineering, a national, multi-sector engineering and construction management firm. He leads the renewable energy engineering team.  Before joining the firm in 2022, he was Senior Engineer at DSD Renewables, where he led the solar development company’s significant agrivoltaic initiatives.  Previously, Mr. Meinschein served at ENGIE as that organization’s Lead Civil Engineer for five years.  Before moving into the renewable energy sector, he was in multiple engineering roles with Skidmore Owings & Merrill as well as Terra Engineering.  He earned a BS in Civil Engineering at Purdue University.


Jake Janski, Director – Services, MNL

Jake Janski is Director of Service Operations and Senior Ecologist at MNL (formerly known as Minnesota Native Landscapes), a full-service ecological restoration company headquartered in Otsego, MN.  He directs MNL’s broad spectrum of ecological field services including habitat restoration, stormwater management, prescribed grazing, land management, prescribed burning, and wildland fire suppression. Mr. Janski has devoted more than two decades to the industry in preparing, implementing and managing the restoration and management of the region’s plant communities, solar sites, and natural resources.


Amanda Mack, Manager – Project Development, EDF Renewables

Amanda Mack is Manager of Project Development at EDF Renewables.  Her 14-year career in the energy industry includes eight in the renewable sector and six in contract administration.  Ms Mack’s experience includes community and utility scale project development, regulatory permitting, RFP response, contract proposal examination, formation, cost analysis, recruitment, implementation and execution in the solar, wind, nuclear, and fossil fuel power generation and communications sectors.  Her power generation experience is in utility and non-utility markets.  Ms Mack earned a B.S. degree at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.


Paul Kalinosky, Water Resources Engineer, EOR

Paula Kalinosky is a Water Resources Engineer at EOR, a water resource-based engineering and environmental consulting firm.  She has 10 years of engineering and 8 years of experience in science education/research.  Her project experience ranges from siting and feasibility studies to H/H analysis, design and permit coordination, and construction observations.  Ms. Kalinosky has coordinated civil site design and permitting for numerous solar sites around Minnesota and her practical experience includes modeling for design of stormwater harvest and reuse, green infrastructure planning, natural asset valuation, and other emerging areas of practice.  She earned a Bachelors degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters degree in Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota.


Austin Kinzer, Researcher – Agrivoltaic Modeling, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Austin Kinzer is a Researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Ph.D. candidate in Advanced Energy Systems at Colorado School of Mines. His primary research is on the energy-water-food nexus and agrivoltaic modeling with a focus on tools to enable megawatt-scale agrivoltaics. As a student at Mines, he has researched carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration with the Payne Institute and served as a Climate Corps Fellow working on corporate decarbonization with the Environmental Defense Fund and Iron Mountain. Prior to joining NREL, Austin worked in commercial and industrial solar development and obtained his B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder.


Brian Mirletz, Researcher III Mechanical Engineering, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Brian Mirletz is a Researcher III in Mechanical Engineering at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He is a member of the Distributed Systems and Storage Group in the Accelerated Deployment and Decision Support Center.  Dr. Mirletz joined NREL in 2020 and brings experience in modeling, optimization, and controls from the robotics industry to techno-economic performance models for the System Advisor Model and Annual Technology Baseline.  Before joining NREL, he served as an Anthropomorphism Engineer at Catalia Health.  Dr. Mirletz earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.


Chad Farrell is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Encore Renewable Energy

Chad Farrell is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Encore Renewable Energy. He is a developer, project manager and environmental engineer with over 20 years of professional experience in the fields of environmental engineering, professional project management and renewable energy project development.  He maintains expertise in the development of alternative energy and the redevelopment of contaminated properties. Chad holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University in 1992 and earned a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Vermont in 1998.  He is a member of the Board of Directors for Renewable Energy Vermont, Vermonts renewable energy trade organization and serves on the Board of Directors for the Vermont Natural Resources Council, a statewide environmental advocacy organization. Mr. Farrell is also a member of the Vermont Climate Economy Action Team.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
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  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.

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Solar + Ag Project Development Best Practices

October 26-27, 2022 | Online
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Scoping A Dual-Use Solar/Agrivoltaic Project

October 27
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Instructional Methods

Case studies and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this program.

Requirements For Successful Completion Of Program

Participants must login for the entirety of the event to be eligible for continuing education credit.


Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 11.0
Workshop CPE Credits: 3.5
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who Should Attend

  • Solar project developers
  • Solar investors and sponsors
  • Solar project lenders
  • Solar project legal, accounting and other advisors
  • Solar project OEM suppliers
  • Solar project EPCs
  • Solar project environmental advisory firms
  • Agrivoltaic service providers
  • Utilities
  • State and federal environmental staff
  • State regulatory commission staff
  • Community economic development staff
  • Community stakeholders

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