Community Impacts and Public Acceptance

Renewable energy development—including wind and solar—impacts individuals and local communities in myriad ways. The EMP Group:

  • Investigates impacts to communities surrounding utility-scale wind and solar power projects, including analyses of residential property values and community economics and services
  • Assesses if and how much residential solar systems increase home sales prices and explores tools to enhance the visibility of solar during property sales
  • Provides wind turbine locations and characteristics to federal agencies for the purpose of assessing impacts to radar systems via the U.S. Wind Turbine Database 
  • Assesses community attitudes towards wind project development, including through a national baseline survey 
  • Provides technical assistance on the assessment and management of public acceptance issues related to renewable energy


Hoen, Ben, Ryan H Wiser, Mark A Thayer, and Peter Cappers. "Do PV systems increase residential selling prices? If so, how can practitioners estimate this increase?." 2012 38th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. Austin, TX, USA: IEEE, 2012. 001774 - 001777.


Brown, Jason P, Ben Hoen, Eric Lantz, John Pender, and Ryan H Wiser. "Economic Impacts of Wind Turbine Development in U.S. Counties." Poster Presented at the AAEA & NAREA Joint Annual Meeting, July 24-26, 2011, Pittsburgh, PA 2011: 1. LBNL-5027E.
Bolinger, Mark. Community Wind: Once Again Pushing the Envelope of Project Finance. Berkeley: LBNL, 2011. LBNL-4193E.




Bolinger, Mark. "A Survey of State Support for Community Wind Power Development." Case Studies of State Support for Renewable Energy 2004: 18.



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