SolSmart Designees


SolSmart Silver
Population: 60,556
Designation Level: SolSmart Silver
Year Designated: 2017
  • 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
I would like to thank the SolSmart team, the Hamden Economic Development, Planning and Zoning, and Building Departments, and Energy Efficiency Coordinator, Kathleen Schomaker, for their efforts in securing this important designation. Hamden is proud to be a leader amongst our solar communities. We remind residents to examine the environmental and financial benefits of solar power in comparison to their current energy plan.
- Curt Leng, Hamden Mayor