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How solar developers can respect property ownership rights while providing benefits to host communities

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Co-founder, ibV Energy Partners

Robin is the Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of ibV Energy Partners, a nationwide solar + storage development firm. He oversees the Project Development, Planning & Engineering and...

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As more landowners, utilities and other stakeholders realize their properties can be prime for large solar installations, some unique challenges have cropped up. In particular, landowner rights are being discussed with more and more of these renewable projects. The idea of NIMBY (Not In My Backyard), which applies to the people who want the benefits of major infrastructure, but don’t want those projects sited near them, used to apply just to fossil-fueled, polluting energy sources. Neighborhoods would push back against massive power plants they thought would pollute their area or pose safety hazards. But as renewable energy has grown, along with project sizes, NIMBY has become something solar developers have to deal with as well.

The NIMBY concept is tied to the passionate feelings around property ownership rights. At ibV Energy, we’ve seen these strong reactions firsthand and up close. Being able to navigate these challenging conversations has been critical to helping advance utility-scale solar projects into new, less-traditional markets.


Defining and contextualizing property ownership rights

Pigs graze on a site for an ibV solar project in the works.

Property ownership rights are the broad set of legal protections that property owners can rightfully expect regarding their land, how it can be used and what others can and cannot do on or near that land. Beyond being just legal protection, property ownership tends to evoke strong emotional responses. The United States has deep historical context in terms of the dream of owning land, what doing so meant in terms of self-sufficiency, and how strongly people would push back if they felt those rights were challenged.

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Jim Stack on Mar 30, 2022

What are examples of this problem. I have never heard of any problems in this area. I love the looks of a large solar array .

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