Year of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Other Degree Name/Area of Focus
Natural Resource Conflict Resolution
Department or School/College
W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation
Dr. Jennifer Thomsen
Dr. Laurie Yung, Dr. Sara Rinfret
renewable energy, management, design, community, policy, economics
University of Montana
Natural Resources and Conservation
Large-scale photovoltaic (PV) solar projects were operationalized in the 1990s resulting in a plethora of studies focusing on environmental, economic, technological, and policy studies. Minimal research investigates the similarities and differences between conveners using PV solar technology. This case study evaluates stakeholder perceptions regarding project management, project design, and external factors influencing the success of large-scale PV solar projects convened by a qualifying facility, regional utility company, and electric co-operative in Montana. Respondents revealed concepts were similar across conveners; yet, emphasized unique implications for each convener. The results indicated the importance for all conveners to incorporate marketing strategies, local interests and goals, aesthetic considerations, and creative partnerships to maximize the likelihood of success for large-scale PV solar projects. No singular type of convener in Montana provides the greatest opportunities; rather each convener is fulfilling a niche taking advantage of specific project management, project design, and external factors applicable to their organizational structure.
Mickelson, Erika, "Large-Scale Photovoltaic Solar Implementation: Montanan Stakeholder Opportunities and Challenges" (2018). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 11310.
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