SolSmart Designees

La Crosse

SolSmart Gold
Population: 51,227
Designation Level: SolSmart Gold
Year Designated: 2021
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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
  • Created a streamlined process to approve certain solar permit applications over the counter
La Crosse’s Gold SolSmart designation shows that our community is making progressive changes for renewable energy and energy independence. It really distinguishes us among surrounding cities.
- Lewis Kuhlman, Environmental Planner