Community Impacts and Public Acceptance

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

  • 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



Adomatis, Sandra, and Ben Hoen. "An Analysis of Solar Home Paired Sales across Six States." The Appraisal Journal 84.1 (2016) 27-42. LBNL-1005058.
Hoen, Ben, and Carol Atkinson-Palombo. "Wind Turbines, Amenities and Disamenities: A Study of Home Value Impacts in Densely Populated Massachusetts." Journal of Real Estate Research 38.N o . 4 – 2 0 1 6 (2016) 473-504. LBNL- 1007124.


Adomatis, Sandra, and Ben Hoen. Appraising into the Sun: Six-State Solar Home Paired-Sales Analysis. 2015. LBNL-1002778.




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.





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