Infrastructure need not be brutish: Let a thousand solar panels bloom


February 14, 2024

One of the least publicized but nevertheless significant obstacles to the new infrastructure required to support development of new energy resources is that this infrastructure can be unsightly.

A few years ago, I was working on a consulting assignment at a well-known university. Management had a strong interest in developing on-campus renewable resources. Funding was easy to acquire. The biggest obstacle to progress was that a politically powerful, well-funded neighborhood association nearby included homes that overlooked the campus. Any proposed project that had any possibility of being...

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