Community Planning for Solar: Toolkit Overview

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

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


UMass Clean Energy Extension (CEE) and its partners have designed the Community Planning for Solar Toolkit to help municipalities in Massachusetts and throughout the Northeast proactively plan for solar PV development in their communities. The tools and processes are designed with rural and suburban communities in mind, though some of the tools may also apply to urban settings. Community Planning for Solar empowers community residents and officials to take the lead in solar development by providing communities with the resources that can help them to: (1) Identify and prioritize locations in the community for solar development; (2) Evaluate various solar financing options and provide guidance on community benefits that best match community goals and needs; (3) Assess their community's unique resources, solar development options, goals, and preferences regarding solar development; (4)Develop a Community Solar Action Plan.
Original languageAmerican English
PublisherNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2024

Bibliographical note

Work performed by University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts and Colby College, Waterville, Maine

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-7A40-90023


  • community
  • education
  • financing
  • Massachusetts
  • outreach
  • ownership
  • PV siting
  • rural
  • siting
  • solar photovoltaics


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