SolSmart Designees

Palm Springs

SolSmart Gold
Population: 48,518
Designation Level: SolSmart Gold
Year Designated: 2018
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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
  • Created a streamlined process to approve certain solar permit applications over the counter
This recognition is a further demonstration of the City's commitment to producing clean energy and becoming a model carbon-free community.
- City Manager David H. Ready