A Path Forward: Identifying Least-Conflict Solar PV Development in California’s San Joaquin Valley

To help reduce land-use conflicts associated with solar siting, Conservation Biology Institute (CBI), Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy and the Environment (CLEE), and Terrell Watt Planning Associates, with input from the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), undertook a stakeholder-led process. Initiated in June 2015, the goal was to explore how multiple and diverse parties could quickly (within six months) identify least-conflict lands, including lands that are no longer agriculturally productive, for solar photovoltaic development from their perspectives. This document describes the process and summarizes the key findings and recommendations.

Author: 
Dustin Pearce
James Strittholt
Terry Watt
Ethan N. Elkind
Publisher: 
Berkeley, CA: Center for Law, Energy & the Environment; Corvallis, OR: Conservation Biology Institute
Page Numbers: 
80
Publication Date: 
May 1, 2016
Literature Category: 
Reports and Studies