This paper offers a primer for local governments interested in investigating whether renewable energy development may be the right choice for brownfields in their communities. It provides tools to help navigate the economic issues that determine whether a particular project is feasible and information about how permitting, zoning, siting, liability, and other regulatory issues affect the development of renewable energy on brownfield sites. Throughout, the paper provides examples of local government experiences with renewable energy on brownfield project development, resources where more information can be found, and suggestions for how local governments can foster the development of renewable energy on brownfield sites in their communities.

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Renewable energy