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Uncommon Dialogue | Large-Scale U.S. Solar Development: Integrating Climate, Conservation and Community

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Solar development to address the climate crisis involves building large projects at megawatt or gigawatt-scale. Such projects, and related transmission and electricity storage, require substantial acreage whether at the edge of suburbs, in farm fields, on disturbed lands, or other public, private, and tribal lands. Siting and building these projects can be challenging, and often requires trade-offs. An  "Uncommon Dialogue"  among  six large solar developers, leading land conservation and environmental organizations, tribal nation representatives, agricultural interests, community groups, and investors has reached a major agreement focused on addressing three key imperatives in the development of large-scale U.S. solar projects: climate, conservation and community (the “3Cs”). The parties have agreed to create six Working Groups to advance critical aspects of the 3Cs, including: Community and Stakeholder Engagement; Siting; Energy and Agricultural Technologies; Information Tools; Tribal Nations; and Policy.

Solar Dialogue Agreement Reached

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Oct. 12, 2023 Collaboration Agreement

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Dan Reicher, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment,
Ben Norris, Solar Energy Industry Association,
Jessica Wilkinson, The Nature Conservancy,