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U.S. Solar Development: Integrating Climate, Conservation and Community


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Reveal: Center for Investigative Reporting

Sunblocked: Resistance to Solar in Farm Country

Dan Reicher is interviewed for a one-hour podcast  on community concerns over where to site solar projects. Numerous National Public Radio affiliates carried the broadcast.

Los Angeles Times

Column: Solar companies and environmentalists say they’re ready to stop fighting. They’d better be

After nearly two years of negotiations, a coalition of solar companies, conservationists and other groups has come to terms on a set of principles — and plans for further collaboration.

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Talking toward solutions

How industry and conservation groups got past their differences to reach a landmark agreement advancing large-scale solar development while championing land conservation and local community interests.

The New York Times

Energy Firms, Green Groups and Others Reach Deal on Solar Farms

The agreement could help speed up the development of large solar projects that are often bogged down by fights over land use and environmental concerns.


A historic agreement aims to pave the way for large scale solar farms NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Dan Reicher of Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment about a historic agreement addressing land-use for large scale solar projects.


US solar developers seek to reduce conflicts over land use

A top U.S. solar industry organization on Thursday said it had reached a wide-ranging agreement with environmental, conservation, farm and tribal groups, aimed at reducing conflicts over where to build big solar energy facilities.

S&P Global

Agreement reached among various US solar stakeholders to drive large-scale projects

Solar energy output to rise fivefold in next decade. Focus will be on climate, conservation, community.


Industry, enviros reach deal to blunt solar opposition

More than 20 groups — representing tribal, environmental and agricultural interests — pledged to support rapid deployment of solar projects that safeguard natural resources and provide equitable benefits to communities

The Equation

We Need Large-Scale Solar. A New Agreement Points the Way Forward

Working on this project has powerfully reminded me how much has changed since I started in the solar energy field more than three decades ago. 


Climate, Conservation, Community: Moving the Land Use Conversation from Conflict to Solution

This solutions-oriented approach is a landmark shift in the conversation around land use. 

Press Release

Historic Agreement Unites Diverse Stakeholders to Revolutionize Large-Scale U.S. Solar Development

Leading solar developers, environmental organizations, and groups supporting local interests align on solar development strategies that prioritize climate, conservation, and community.

Collaboration Agreement

Collaboration Agreement on Large-Scale U.S. Solar Development: Integrating Climate, Conservation and Community

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”).

Media Contacts: 
Stanford: Rob Jordan,
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA): Jen Bristol, 
The Nature Conservancy: Julia Leopold,