Implementing Solar PV Projects on Historic Buildings and in Historic Districts

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


Many municipalities, particularly in older communities of the United States, have a large amount of historic buildings and districts. In addition to preserving these historic assets, many municipalities have goals or legislative requirements to procure a certain amount of energy from renewable sources and to become more efficient in their energy use; often, these requirements do not exempthistoric buildings. This paper details findings from a workshop held in Denver, Colorado, in June 2010 that brought together stakeholders from both the solar and historic preservation industries. Based on these findings, this paper identifies challenges and recommends solutions for developing solar photovoltaic (PV) projects on historic buildings and in historic districts in such a way as to notaffect the characteristics that make a building eligible for historic status.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages42
StatePublished - 2011

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-7A40-51297


  • buildings
  • historic preservation
  • PV
  • Solar America cities
  • Solar America communities
  • solar photovoltaics


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