SolSmart Designees


SolSmart Bronze
Population: 381,009
Designation Level: SolSmart Bronze
Year Designated: 2017
  • Created an online permitting checklist
  • Reviewed local zoning codes and identified restrictions that intentionally or unintentionally prohibit solar PV development
  • Integrated solar and/or shared solar into relevant local plans (e.g. energy plan, climate plan, comprehensive plan)
  • Hosted a community “Solarize” campaign, allowing residents to benefit from group discounts and affordable solar financing
Supporting solar is a win-win-win for Cleveland. It saves people money on their electricity bills. It creates good local jobs, and it cleans our air and water. We have more than 150 solar installations in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, and we want to see that number grow rapidly.
- Matt Gray, Chief of Sustainability, City of Cleveland