White Paper

Top Five Large-Scale Solar Myths


Debunk common solar facility myths.

Across the country, communities are thinking about the possible advantages and disadvantages of having a large-scale solar facility in their neighborhood. There are many questions and many misconceptions about this new type of neighbor. This white paper reviews the top five myths that the author, Megan Day, encountered while working with communities to build solar farms.



Megan Day, AICP

Megan Day, AICP

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

  • Project leader, renewable energy planner at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, leading research, analysis, and technical assistance on local energy planning and policy and utility-scale photovoltaic development
  • Author of multiple studies, technical reports, and articles on city energy planning, community data analysis, renewable energy deployment
  • National technical solar advisory through the SolSmart program, working with dozens of communities across the country to integrate solar land uses in zoning codes
  • Part of NREL’s InSPIRE research, examining synergies between solar farm development, agriculture, and natural systems to document low-impact solar development designs
  • Extensive solar development experience, including overseeing regulatory compliance and land entitlement staff and processes for more than 600 acres and 110 megawatts of PV plant installations across the U.S.
  • State and national trainings and webinars on solar zoning best practices, including national SolSmart webinars, APA National Planning Conference, State APA conferences, Smart Growth Network, U.S. DOE and NREL sponsored webinars
  • M.A. degree in urban and regional planning, University of Colorado

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