Assessing Community Preferences Regarding Solar Development

Dwayne Breger, Zara Dowling, River Strong, Alison Bates, Sara Farrar (NREL Technical Monitor)

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


Preparing a plan regarding solar development in your community requires bringing together people from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, who often have strong feelings and preferences about the amount and location of local solar PV projects developed in their community. The planning process should be designed in an inclusive way, where meaningful community engagement is prioritized. With a topic such as solar development, which can elicit strong reactions among community members, proactive community engagement that is perceived as fair will likely lead to more favorable outcomes. Whether your community hosts large tracts of forest, brownfields, residential neighborhoods, and/or large buildings and parking lots, there are a variety of ways community members might envision growth of solar energy. The engagement process can help clarify how and where solar is preferred, so that local government can respond to future solar development requests or to initiate solar projects that are preferred by the community.
Original languageAmerican English
PublisherNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2024

Bibliographical note

Work performed by UMass Clean Energy Extension, Amherst, Massachusetts and Colby College, Waterville, Maine

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-7A40-90086


  • action plan
  • clean energy extension
  • community
  • community planning
  • education
  • financing
  • Massachusetts
  • municipalities
  • outreach
  • ownership
  • PV siting
  • rural
  • SEIN
  • siting
  • solar photovoltaics
  • toolkit
  • UMass


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