SolSmart Designees


SolSmart Gold
Population: 40,552
Designation Level: SolSmart Gold
Year Designated: 2023
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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
It recognizes a city's propensity to encourage solar development...Either on homes, in backyards, residential or commercial space. Obviously, the idea is to reduce carbon in the atmosphere. The more residents or homes that have solar panels is better for the environment, better for all the people.
- Mayor David Scheffler