Designation Level: SolSmart Silver
Year Designated: 2020
In Sarasota County, Florida, local authorities know that sustainability goes hand in hand with improving people’s lives. That’s why the county is focused on expanding clean energy options in ways that benefit everyone, including low-income residents who face the burden of high energy costs, and local nonprofits that help the community thrive.
Recently, this county of 430,000 residents achieved SolSmart Silver designation as the latest step in making clean energy accessible and widespread.
- 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