SolSmart Designees


SolSmart Gold
Population: 18,973
Designation Level: SolSmart Gold
Year Designated: Silver 2017 / Gold 2018
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Durango is stand-out solar city. Durango helped lead the Solarize La Plata County campaign which resulted in nearly 100 installations, installed a 19.7 kW solar array at the municipal airport, and collects a $20 solar permitting fee which is well below state and national recommendations. With SolSmart’s assistance, Durango made it faster and easier to install rooftop solar PV by implementing a solar permitting process with a three-day turnaround time.

SolSmart provided invaluable guidance to support the city’s efforts to advance solar energy and sustainability. In particular, SolSmart provided an impetus, and best-practice strategies, to streamline our solar permitting process and develop an online solar landing page to enhance transparency and outreach related to solar energy in Durango.
- Imogen Ainsworth, Durango Sustainability Coordinator