CentreWorks to host Solar Energy public forum Tuesday

Published 3:02 pm Friday, May 20, 2022

CentreWorks will host a public forum on May 24 where Boyle County residents can learn about and discuss current issues related to solar energy production in the county. The forum will begin at 7 p.m. at CentreWorks in Suite 300 of 236 West Main St. In Danville.

The forum will include a panel discussion featuring Tom FitzGerald of Louisville, who founded the Kentucky Resources Council and served for 37 years as its Executive Director; Michael Hamm of Danville, Centre College’s Emeritus Professor of History who also serves on the Board of Directors of the Nature Conservancy’s Kentucky Chapter and is president of Forest for Monarchs, an international organization that helps conserve monarch butterfly habitat; and Ben Miles of Danville, a Consultant with Shire Environmental who also serves as Land Manager at the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge in Forkland.

Centre Works Co-Founders and Executive Directors, Andrea and Anthony Margida, will guide the discussion among the speakers and welcome questions from the audience.

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Kentucky is increasingly looking to large-scale solar energy production as an alternative to fossil fuels.  The Boyle County Fiscal Court is considering making changes to planning and zoning ordinances to address how solar facilities would be built here.

“This is an opportunity for people to gain a better understanding of an issue that impacts all of us and have a voice in how our community moves forward,” Andrea Margida said.

Centre College established CentreWorks in 2020 to work with the city of Danville, Boyle County, and a seven-county region to establish resilience and enable growth within Kentucky’s Bluegrass region. CentreWorks’ programming, available to the entire region, has been custom-designed to provide collaboration, ideation, education, mentoring, skills enhancement, and investment opportunities.