We're Helping Local
Governments Become
Solar Energy Leaders

Nationally Distinguished.
Locally Powered.

SolSmart's no-cost technical assistance team helps local governments and regional organizations accelerate the growth of clean, affordable solar energy in their jurisdictions.

500 Communities Designated! Get Ready for 500 More

SolSmart is excited to announce that we have reached a new milestone with over 500 local governments and regional organizations earning SolSmart designation. Now we’re committed to helping another 500 communities enact nationally-recognized solar best practices!

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Empowering Local Governments Nationwide

SolSmart designees include cities, counties, towns, and regional organizations that are distinguished as solar energy leaders. Our team of experts helps these local governments meet national best practices to achieve SolSmart Platinum, Gold, Silver, or Bronze designation.

SolSmart is led by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council and the International City/County Management Association. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office.

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SolSmart designees are in 43 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

526 communities have achieved SolSmart designation.

SolSmart designees represent over 117 million people.

Fremont, California Earns Nation’s First SolSmart Platinum Designation

Fremont, California is the first-ever recipient of the SolSmart Platinum designation, awarded for the city’s outstanding outstanding leadership at the local level, including a strong focus on the just and equitable deployment of solar energy.

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The Latest from SolSmart

Gary, Indiana Looks Toward A Bright Solar Future

| Zack Loehle, Interstate Renewable Energy Council

Is Your Solar Landing Page Up-To-Date?

| Debra Perry, International City/Council Management Association

Advancing Solar in Washington State’s Capital Region

| Zack Loehle, Interstate Renewable Energy Council

SolSmart Communities in Action

With the help of the SolSmart technical assistance team, local governments are taking bold steps to make solar energy accessible and widespread. This helps reduce energy costs, achieve sustainability goals, and promote economic growth. Read some of their stories.

Milton, Massachusetts

Milton has undertaken several initiatives to boost solar and support energy resilience, including a feasibility study for a solar microgrid.

Five Puerto Rico Communities

Five rural municipalities in the Cordillera Central are the first in Puerto Rico to achieve SolSmart designation.

Michigan City, Indiana

Nestled on the southern shore of Lake Michigan, this city embraced an innovative way to recruit a diverse solar workforce: the Soul Power program.

Updated SolSmart Program Guides

SolSmart has updated the criteria for achieving Platinum, Gold, Silver, or Bronze designation. Read the updated program guides to learn more.

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