Community response to concentrating solar power in the San Luis Valley

1st June 2010

Topic(s): Public engagement, Renewables, Social research, Solar energy

This report is about the social acceptance of utility-scale renewable energy projects. In particular, it focuses on concentrating solar power (CSP) plants in the San Luis Valley (SLV or Valley), a large, sunny, high desert in south central Colorado, located within 200 miles of greater Denver. The research focused on social factors that may facilitate and impede the adoption and implementation of CSP—a technology that captures the sun's thermal energy using curved mirrors to focus sunlight onto a high temperature receiver.


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Community response to concentrating solar power in the San Luis Valley


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