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Utility-Scale Solar in the Great Lakes: Analyzing Community Reactions to Solar Developments

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Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
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Graham Sustainability Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, USA
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Sustainability 2021, 13(4), 1677; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041677
Received: 7 November 2020 / Revised: 27 January 2021 / Accepted: 2 February 2021 / Published: 4 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Emerging Research on Socio-Technological Sustainability Transitions)
In the coming years, it is expected that reliance on utility-scale solar projects for energy production will increase exponentially. As a result, communities throughout the Midwest will become potential solar facility hosts. Previous research has sought to identify factors that influence community support and opposition to solar developments throughout the country. This paper builds upon prior research by examining community perceptions about the economic, environmental, local and global impact of solar projects in four Great Lakes states using a content analysis of local newspaper articles. Ultimately, this paper identifies the most common perceptions of solar facilities and offers some preliminary suggestions on strategies to mitigate the most prevalent concerns. View Full-Text
Keywords: utility-scale solar energy; renewable energy; public acceptance; Midwest; content analysis utility-scale solar energy; renewable energy; public acceptance; Midwest; content analysis
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Uebelhor, E.; Hintz, O.; Mills, S.B.; Randall, A. Utility-Scale Solar in the Great Lakes: Analyzing Community Reactions to Solar Developments. Sustainability 2021, 13, 1677. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041677

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Uebelhor E, Hintz O, Mills SB, Randall A. Utility-Scale Solar in the Great Lakes: Analyzing Community Reactions to Solar Developments. Sustainability. 2021; 13(4):1677. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041677

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Uebelhor, Emma; Hintz, Olivia; Mills, Sarah B.; Randall, Abigail. 2021. "Utility-Scale Solar in the Great Lakes: Analyzing Community Reactions to Solar Developments" Sustainability 13, no. 4: 1677. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041677

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