Community Planning for Solar: Defining Realistic Solar Development Options

Zara Dowling, Sara Farrar (NREL Technical Monitor)

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


This guide is designed to aid in assessing community preferences for solar development and financing alternatives. To evaluate community preferences regarding solar, it is necessary to define the range of realistic options for solar development possible in a community, including potential future targets for solar capacity, the mixes of development possible based on the solar resources available, and potential community benefits and solar ownership structures. This guide can help community officials, volunteers, and regional planning agency staff in constructing a realistic suite of options for solar development, based on existing state and local laws, available solar resources and infrastructure, and economic and financial considerations.
Original languageAmerican English
PublisherNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Number of pages27
StatePublished - 2024

Bibliographical note

Work performed by UMass Clean Energy Extension, Amherst, Massachusetts

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-7A40-90082


  • 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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