SolSmart Designees

San Leandro

SolSmart Silver
Population: 88,815
Designation Level: SolSmart Silver
Year Designated: Bronze 2020 / Silver 2021
  • 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
San Leandro understands the urgency of climate change and how a just transition to solar energy is necessary. By promoting these best practices from SolSmart, we are helping to reduce soft costs and make it easier for residents, businesses, and industry professionals to participate in solar.
- Mayor Pauline Cutter