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The Path to Designation
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Designation Level: SolSmart Gold
Hosted a community “Solarize” campaign, allowing residents to benefit from group discounts and affordable solar financing
Provided incentives to developers to incorporate solar into their plans
Launched a solar landing page on the city’s sustainability website
Created and shared an interactive solar map as a resource for the community
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
Provided a streamlined permitting pathway for small PV systems
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Beaverton, Hillsboro win 'SolSmart Gold' for their pro-solar ways
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