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.

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 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.

484 communities have achieved SolSmart designation.

SolSmart designees represent over 133 million people.

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.

Centre Region Council of Governments, Pennsylvania

The Centre Region adopted a popular solar co-op program and a plan for considering solar energy in rural areas.

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.

The Path to SolSmart Designation

SolSmart communities meet national best practices to encourage solar energy growth at the local level. Learn more about the criteria for achieving SolSmart Gold, Silver, or Bronze.

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