SolSmart Designees


SolSmart Bronze
Population: 8,376
Designation Level: SolSmart Bronze
Year Designated: 2023
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  • Reduced cost of solar panel permit fees
  • Changed zoning rules to allow more solar throughout the town of Abingdon

“Abingdon set the bar for communication and transparency,” said Elizabeth Marshall, senior coordinator of the Virginia Solar Initiative at the Weldon Cooper Center. “Their website is an excellent model for other communities across the state that are interested in encouraging solar, and their ordinance updates and solar permitting guidance show that their process is predictable and community-minded.”

Increasing access to solar energy is an important initiative for Abingdon. We want to support sustainability and help our residents and businesses think green. The Sustain Abingdon committee helped clear obstacles by reviewing the zoning ordinance and creating a website for solar energy options.
- Sustainability chair Elizabeth Gardner, owner of Full Bloom Farm House in Abingdon