SolSmart Designees


North Carolina
SolSmart Gold
Population: 29,630
Designation Level: SolSmart Gold
Year Designated: 2022
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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
“Being a SolSmart Gold designee supports our region’s Solarize the Triangle combined purchasing program by highlighting solar-friendly processes. We encourage all municipalities, large and small, to explore how SolSmart designation may help you meet your sustainability goals and promote increased renewable energy adoption and strengthen the resilience of your community.”
- Mayor TJ Cawley