Plover seeks to become solar-ready community
By Taylor J. Hale
PLOVER — Plover Plan Commission members gathered on Feb. 18 to discuss the village’s SolSmart Designated Community Status.
Community Development Manager Ryan Kernosky also delivered a community development report at the meeting, touching on updates to Plover’s Comprehensive Plan and the 2018 building report.
SolSmart, spearheaded by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the Solar Foundation, focuses on assisting communities in their efforts of utilizing solar power. The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) will be aiding Plover in their pursuits of green energy while obtaining the designation title.
“The Village of Plover along with Portage County, Stevens Point and some other outlying municipalities, have received a grant to work with the MREA,” Kernosky said. “Essentially to work towards creating a solar-ready community.”
The SolSmart designation would provide small scale solar energy projects guidance and “help reduce the red tape” from prospective developments. Hopes are to make future Plover-based solar extensions approvable via a simple administrative process, removing timely planning meetings and conditional use permits.
Village officials unanimously passed the motion to allow the village to pursue SolSmart Designated Community Status.
To learn more about the SolSmart program visit their website at www.solsmart.org.