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Dec 9, 2021

In the second episode of Artemis' climate series, we're talking about solar energy.  We need a portfolio of solutions to meet our ever-increasing energy demands. Ensuring that an increasing portion of those needs are met by clean energy is a vital part of a resilient grid and a resilient climate. We talk with Michelle Zimmerman, a community solar developer in Colorado. She tells us pretty much everything you want to know about solar energy development - how it works, how sites are chosen, the impact on neighboring wildlife, et cetera. Also: a challenging elk hunt and heated socks.

2:00 Michelle Zimmerman on a past episode about serving on your state's game commission: Game Commissions 101

4:00 Hunting by yourself for the first time

6:00 Stotting vs. pronking

8:00 Tracking a wounded elk all the way back to its herd

11:00 Sunrise should mean more warmth, right? Plus, heated vests

16:00 Sunshare - community solar "gardens"

19:00 Co-operative/community-owned solar projects

25:00 Energy consumption at a household level... do you need everything to be on, all the time?

26:00 NWF Eco-Schools program

30:00 The rise of clean energy isn't a death knell for fossil fuels

32:00 "Our reliance on energy is going up"

36:00 Energy development on private ag lands + wildlife considerations

42:00 Not every place is right for every project

49:00 Being neighbors with a solar field

53:00 Push/pull between energy developers, utilities, public services commissions, landowners - only a fraction of potential solar projects actually get developed

59:00 Build Back Better Act  & the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill both expand clean energy opportunities

1:08 "You can't build solar on really expensive land because the return's not there"

1:10 Where personal impacts add up: Energy, transportation, water, food, waste and fashion

1:14 Heated socks

1:22 Hunter and Angler's Guide to Climate Change

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