SolSmart Designees

Chatham County

North Carolina
SolSmart Gold
Population: 74,470
Designation Level: SolSmart Gold
Year Designated: Bronze 2018 / Gold 2019
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  • 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
We are proud that Chatham County’s steadfast commitment to advance solar energy allowed us to receive the distinct honor of Gold designation from the SolSmart program. By remaining focused in our efforts to install solar energy systems, our goal is to continue reducing the carbon footprint in our community and improve the quality of life for residents and businesses alike.
- Dan LaMontagne, Chatham County Manager