Publication Date

Spring 2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Environmental Studies


Dustin Mulvaney

Subject Areas

Environmental studies


Societies across the globe are shifting away from fossil fuels and towards clean energy, resulting in significant changes to the electric grid. This clean energy transition is accompanied by transformative opportunities. However, the benefits of clean, reliable energy do not equitably accrue to all communities. In order to challenge and overcome the persistent social disparities that exist in the energy transition, energy justice must be a driving factor in energy planning and decision making. This research highlights metrics and parameters that should be included when considering deployment of community solar microgrids to advance a just energy transition. The results of this study provide insight for understanding the potential for deployment of community solar microgrids in Santa Clara County, particularly for underserved communities who could benefit the most from increased reliability and resilience in their electric grid.