SolSmart Designees


New Hampshire
SolSmart Gold
Population: 22,786
Designation Level: SolSmart Gold
Year Designated: Bronze 2020 / Gold 2022
  • 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 latest designation is a testament to the shared commitment by our citizens, elected leaders, city staff, businesses, and other community partners to reach our ambitious renewable energy goals. Once again, Keene is leading our peers. I’m very proud to be a part of this forward-thinking community that doesn't hesitate to tackle big ideas.
- George Hansel, Mayor