We have identified seven different categories for the size of projects. When we describe size, we are talking about geographic scale, not the actual size of an energy system (such as 5 kW solar, for example).

Neighborhood: These projects are relatively small in scale and siting of a project may be on a community space, such as a Church or nonprofit building.  These projects are often initiated by community residents, nonprofits, or other locally-based organizations and often have cooperative ownership as a key component.

City:  These projects are sited city-wide going beyond a particular block or neighborhood.  These projects are often initiated or managed by local city officials, though some nonprofits are in charge of implementing them.

County: These projects are sited county-wide, going beyond a particular city.  These projects are often initiated and managed by county officials who work with local governments within the county.

State: These projects are sited state-wide, going beyond a particular city or county.  These projects are often initiated and managed by state officials who work with local governments within the county.

Region: These projects are sited across county and city lines, or both.  Though they may have a large geographic reach, the size of projects may vary.  City, county, or nonprofits entities often initiate and implement these projects.

Tribal: These projects take place on tribal communities and reservations.  Some projects are initiated and managed by federal and tribal governance, while others are led by community leaders.

National: These projects are national in scope with multiple towns, cities, or counties participating.  These projects tend to focus more on movement building across communities.