Palos Verdes Estates
Designation Level: SolSmart Silver
Year Designated: 2019
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the City of Los Angeles, the South Bay region is home to pristine beaches and business parks, oil refineries and a nature preserve … and now eight new SolSmart designated cities! In 2019, eight communities and the South Bay Cities Council of Governments have all earned SolSmart designation for their cutting-edge work advancing solar energy, along with related technologies like electric vehicles (EVs).
Two cities earned SolSmart Silver designation: Hawthorne and Palos Verdes Estates.
These communities received no-cost technical assistance from the SolSmart team along with EcoMotion, a Los-Angeles based organization which served as the SolSmart Advisor for the region.
- 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