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Designation Level: SolSmart Gold
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Organized a meeting with the local utility to answer real logistical questions that arose during the course of permitting and planning, and an initial feasibility study of public buildings
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
We want to make the consumer more aware of questions they should be asking, or areas they should be aware of in the event that they choose to participate in such an agreement with solar companies.
- Jim Duggan, Lowell Town Manager
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