With the ever increasing threat of climate change, many nations are committing to decreasing their dependence on fossil fuels and turning to renewable energy development. The U.S is in the top ten list of nations that are solar-powered and the Spotsylvania Solar Farm Project is one of the largest utility solar farms in the U.S. With this project, my intention is to analyze the role community folks play as major stakeholders in large-scale energy project development, such as the Spotsylvania Solar Farm Project. I will use the Spotsylvania Solar Farm Project can be a case study to analyze community attitudes toward solar energy and construction of large-scale solar facilities, testing whether attitudes toward such developments are the result of sense of place and attachment to place.
Paper prepared for the Geography Capstone.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Salisbury
Gebre, Kidest. "Community, Renewables, and Development: An Analysis of Placemaking and Sense of Place in Community Responses to Large Scale Solar Developments, A Spotsylvania Case Study Report." Paper for Geography Capstone, University of Richmond, April 2019.