SolSmart Designees


SolSmart Gold
Population: 31,634
Designation Level: SolSmart Gold
Year Designated: 2018
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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
It's amazing how quickly [solar has] grown. It's something that people are putting on their roofs and businesses are putting on their roofs and the number of jobs that are being created is amazing. In the past few years it's grown a lot. Massachusetts is really one of the lead states in the country in terms of the number of solar installations and the amount of electricity being generated.
- Doug Minard, Town Manager