SolSmart Designees

Garfield County

SolSmart Gold
Population: 60,061
Designation Level: SolSmart Gold
Year Designated: 2021
  • 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 honored to be recognized through the SolSmart award. For decades Carbondale has been focusing on a clean energy economy and we have been reaping the benefits ever since. I’d like to think the SolSmart award reflects that for Carbondale, renewable energy is more than a catch phrase, it’s woven into our community’s DNA.
- Carbondale Mayor Dan Richardson