Community Planning for Solar: Conducting a Solar Resource and Infrastructure Assessment

Zara Dowling, Sara Farrar (NREL Technical Monitor)

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


This guide describes how to conduct a Solar Resource and Infrastructure Assessment. The guide is designed to assist community officials, volunteers, and regional planning agency staff in conducting a preliminary assessment for a municipality, community, or other jurisdiction, based primarily on a desktop analysis of existing documents and data. The guide provides a process that can be used to inventory and describe existing infrastructure, community needs, and resources from the perspective of solar development planning.
Original languageAmerican English
PublisherNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Number of pages61
StatePublished - 2024

Bibliographical note

Work performed by University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-7A40-90070


  • 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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