Community Response to Concentrating Solar Power in the San Luis Valley

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This report is about the social acceptance of utility-scale concentrating solar power (CSP) plants in the San Luis Valley, approximately 200 miles southwest of Denver, Colorado. The research focused on social factors that may facilitate and impede the adoption and implementation of CSP. During the winter of 2008-2009, interviews were conducted with a purposive sample of 25 CSP-related stakeholders inside and outside the Valley. Interviews focused on the perceived advantages and disadvantages of siting a hypothetical 100-MW CSP facility in the Valley, the level of community support and opposition to CSP development, and related issues, such as transmission. State policy recommendations based on the findings include developing education programs for Valley residents, integrating Valley decision makers into an energy-water-land group, providing training for Valley decision makers, offering workforce training, evaluating models of taxation, and forming landholder energy associations.

Community Information
Name San Luis Valley, Colorado
Type City;#County;#State;#Region;#Private Development
Population 619[2]
Community Energy Goals At the Colorado State Level, a 20% reduction of GHG emissions by 2020, and 80% by 2050. The plan calls for a 200 MW concentrating solar power facility somewhere in Colorado.


This resource is valuable as it walks through the importance of stakeholder analysis. It lays out a methodology for study and offers examples of stakeholders. This case study is a good example of how to go about identifying barriers, locating energy champions, outline needs, and how to begin to answer and address those barrier issues. This outline and research strategy can be applied in any community wanting to address potential barriers, and stakeholder planning.

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  1.  "Community Response to Concentrating Solar Power in the San Luis Valley"
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