Designation Level: SolSmart Silver
Year Designated: 2022
Nestled on the southern shore of Lake Michigan near Indiana Dunes National Park, Michigan City, Indiana is one of the latest SolSmart Silver designees. This city of about 30,000 people embraced an innovative way to recruit a diverse solar workforce: the Soul Power program.
- 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