SolSmart Designees


SolSmart Gold
Population: 39,509
Designation Level: SolSmart Gold
Year Designated: 2017
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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
Issaquah is proud to receive SolSmart Gold designation that recognizes our efforts to make it faster, easier, and more affordable for residents to install solar energy. Following the SolSmart designation, the City partnered with community groups and local installers to bring residents together for further savings through the group purchase of solar systems with our Solarize Campaign.
- Mayor Mary Lou Pauly