Year of Award


Document Type


Degree Type

Master of Science (MS)

Degree Name

Resource Conservation

Other Degree Name/Area of Focus

Natural Resource Conflict Resolution

Department or School/College

W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation

Committee Chair

Dr. Jennifer Thomsen

Commitee Members

Dr. Laurie Yung, Dr. Sara Rinfret


renewable energy, management, design, community, policy, economics


University of Montana

Subject Categories

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.



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