Designation Level: SolSmart Bronze
Year Designated: 2017
As the United States embraces more renewable sources of energy, many coal mining communities in southeastern Ohio are finding ways to continue their historic role as energy producers for Americans by turning to renewables. One notable organization is Rural Action, a nonprofit based in southeast Appalachian Ohio that is working toward growing the region’s economy in sustainable ways.
- 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
The development of local and sustainably generated energy is a key component of the Athens Sustainability Action Plan that was adopted by Athens City Council in 2017. This recognition will help to support future initiatives to encourage solar development in Athens. We are thrilled to receive the SolSmart Bronze designation and are grateful for the efforts of our SolSmart Advisor Sarah Conley-Ballew and the SolSmart program.
- City of Athens Planner Paul Logue