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Designation Level: SolSmart Gold
Technical Assistance Organization
“Our commitment to the environment and emissions reduction led us to the Solsmart program, which proved invaluable for quickly reviewing and updating our current practices and regulations. In the process, we pulled our own data and discovered very strong growth of solar installation in our community. SolSmart helped a multi-disciplinary team of Cary staff make improvements and we’re excited to see additional impacts in the community.” - Danna Widmar, Assistant Town Manager, Cary, NC
Created an online permitting checklist, increasing transparency for community members and solar installers
Reviewed local zoning codes and identified restrictions that intentionally or unintentionally prohibit solar PV development
Allowed solar by-right accessory use in all zones (so solar installations don’t require special permits or hearings)
Cross-trained both inspection and permitting staff on solar PV