SolSmart Designees


SolSmart Gold
Population: 40,552
Designation Level: SolSmart Gold
Year Designated: 2023
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To achieve Gold designation, Lancaster started from the beginning and developed new procedures, which included writing a new zoning ordinance. “The most difficult part of this was writing the ordinance and getting it right,” said Lancaster Zoning Administrator Pete Vail. With these new procedures in place, Lancaster is ready to help more residents lower their electric bills and reduce carbon emissions using clean solar energy.

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