Date of Completion


Document Type

Honors College Thesis


Environmental Program

Thesis Type

Honors College, Environmental Studies Electronic Thesis

First Advisor

Robert V. Bartlett

Second Advisor

Jody Prescott

Third Advisor

Brendan Fisher


Community solar, normative reframing, policy analysis


State legislatures and public utilities commissions are increasingly implementing policies to promote and regulate the development of community solar programs as mechanisms to expand the development of and increase access to renewable energies. This paper tests normative reframing, a theory of policy process, to explain the development of community solar policy in Maryland and Minnesota in the face of competing policy goals and institutional opposition. Through process tracing of primary legislative and rulemaking sources, supplemented by informational interviews with stakeholders, it explores the norms embedded within these policies and the frames through which these norms are portrayed. Additionally, this paper offers insight into how research on normative reframing may be further explored across the renewable energy industry to help explain and understand a clean energy transition.

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