A Critical Tool
A Critical Tool
Creating innovative plans and strategies to expand the use of solar energy and drive down costs, requires a process that engages a variety of stakeholders that can help to understand, assess and ultimately change the status quo. Whether it is building a single solar installation or creating a regional solar deployment strategy, you will be more successful if you can identify and engage stakeholders and have a diverse set of champions that support your efforts.
This stakeholder engagement toolkit is designed to provide basic guidance and resources to help solar advocates plan and implement a stakeholder engagement strategy.
This Toolkit is a work in progress- we will be adding new resources as new ideas, techniques and success stories emerge. We want this toolkit to be as useful as possible and encourage you to let us know if there are specific resources you would find helpful!
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Designing your engagement strategy begins by clearly articulating what you are trying to do and thinking about who you want or need to engage and why. A successful stakeholder engagement process is almost always multi-faceted. Establishing a strategy upfront can help ensure that you engage the right people at the right times, use your resources efficiently, and create realistic expectations for yourself, your project and your stakeholders. In this section, you’ll find strategies for planning out your process to match the needs of your project and your stakeholders.
Stakeholder Engagement With Implementation in Mind
Convening stakeholders can be an incredibly valuable process and an opportunity to bring new ideas and perspectives to the table, to create shared understanding of challenges and opportunities, and craft more effective and lasting solutions. In this section, you’ll find activities and strategies to create inactive meetings, foster dialogue, and build consensus.
While the solar cell may be an elegantly simple technology, the reality is that creating a solar energy strategy will require a lot of technical expertise. To create such a strategy, you will likely bring together experts in technical topics like engineering, financing, grid interconnection, and permitting. However, the success of your strategy may equally depend on engaging people who do not have this technical expertise or background. They may be site owners, elected officials, local government staff, community residents or other leaders. In this section, you’ll find tools and strategies for enabling these non-technical stakeholders to actively engage in your process and create opportunities to tap into their valuable expertise and experience.