Brian Ross joined the Great Plains Institute in 2015. He leads the Institute’s work to accelerate the development of solar energy as a self-sustaining energy industry, managing technical and policy programs to help local governments, institutions, and businesses implement sustainable practices for renewable energy. Brian currently works in four Midwestern states to transform local government policies and regulatory standards to accommodate solar energy development. Previous to joining the Great Plains Institute, he was a Principal at CR Planning, facilitating local decision-making and implementation efforts for sustainable development outcomes. He managed the Minneapolis Saint Paul Solar Cities Program and helped cities across the State incorporate sustainable energy practices into zoning and local programs through the Minnesota Solar Challenge program. Brian has also worked extensively in energy and utility regulation, serving as an expert witness in cost of service and rate design, energy efficiency and renewables, fuel cost reconciliations, and integrated resource planning.