How to Design for Stormwater Management for Ground-Mounted Solar Arrays
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Wednesday, December 29, 2021
1:00 – 3:00 pm CST
Overview of state standards for stormwater management
Components of ground mounted solar arrays (access, equipment pads, panel system)
Soil issues (grading, compaction, changes to natural properties)
Erosion and sedimentation issues
Stormwater management issues
Designing stormwater management systems
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Steven D. Trinkaus
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Mr. Trinkaus is an internationally-recognized expert in the field of low impact development (LID), having presented at many American Society of Civil Engineers/Environmental & Water Resource Institute (ASCE/EWRI) international conferences and many other regional conferences and workshops on LID and water quality issues. He was an invited speaker by the Water Resources Agency in Taichung, Taiwan, to present a 12-hour workshop on LID in December of 2011. He has been an invited presenter and consultant multiple times on storm water and LID in China and South Korea since 2013. He has designed LID retrofits in Zhenjiang, China. He was reviewed and edited LID reports by Pusan National University and Land & Housing Institute in South Korea. Mr. Trinkaus has written LID Design Manuals for the Towns of Tolland, Plainville, Harwinton, Morris, and East Granby, Connecticut. He has designed many types of LID treatment systems for a variety of residential and commercial applications. Mr. Trinkaus is primary author of the EWRI Filter Strip/Bioswales Task Committee. Mr. Trinkaus is a licensed professional engineer in Connecticut and Maryland. He received a bachelor of science degree in Forest Management in 1980 from the University of New Hampshire. Mr. Trinkaus has more than 39 years of experience in the land development field and more than 19 years of experience designing low impact development treatment systems and ten years writing LID regulations and design manuals.
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Course Title: How to Design for Stormwater Management for Ground-Mounted Solar Arrays
Delivery Method: Live Online
Course Description: This course examines the fundamentals of stormwater management, site design, and erosion and sedimentation issues. It covers site and soil design principles, including grading, compaction, and changes to natural properties of sites. This information is beneficial to design professionals involved in the installation of larger solar arrays, as they have slanted and smooth surfaces that produce a high quantity of run-off during rain storms and snow melts.
Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to reference state-level standards for stormwater management, which can impact solar array and site design decisions.
Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify and describe the components of ground-mounted solar arrays and explain why they pose stormwater management challenges.
Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able describe the environmental consequences of erosion and sedimentation and explain how site design strategies and stormwater management techniques can prevent erosion and sedimentation from occurring.
Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to identify site conditions that need to be evaluated and established in order to formulate a sound stormwater management strategy with solar arrays, including the amount of impervious cover, ground cover, infiltration rates, runoff volumes, and water quality.
LUs: 2.0 LU Type: LU|HSWs.
Prerequisites: Basis understanding of stormwater management principles and awareness of environmental problems with erosion and sedimentation
Advance Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate
Course Expiration Date: 04/20/2023
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