SolSmart Designees


SolSmart Silver
Population: 35,720
Designation Level: SolSmart Silver
Year Designated: 2022
  • Created an online permitting checklist, increasing transparency for community members and solar installers
  • Trained permitting and inspection staff on best practices for permitting and inspecting solar PV
  • Reviewed local zoning codes and identified restrictions that intentionally or unintentionally prohibit solar PV development
  • Installed solar PV at local government facilities (specifically the Richmond Municipal Building)
  • Posted an online solar map
  • Supported a community-wide group purchase program
Richmond is proud to receive SolSmart designation for our efforts to promote solar energy. We’re committed to expanding the growth of this clean, renewable form of energy and to making it accessible to everyone within our community.
- Alicia Zatcoff, Sustainability Manager, City of Richmond