“This designation recognizes the work that the City of Raleigh is doing to build a sustainable future for everyone in our community. Making solar energy more accessible will help residents reduce their energy costs and their carbon footprint—and move Raleigh toward achieving its climate goals.”Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin
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
Set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.