SolSmart Designees


North Carolina
SolSmart Gold
Population: 278,993
Designation Level: SolSmart Gold
Year Designated: 2019
  • 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
This designation is an example of Durham’s strong commitment to renewable energy and sustainability. We are proud to be a leader in promoting clean energy sources that support a healthy local economy, a clean environment, and a more livable community.
- Durham Mayor Steve Schewel