SolSmart Designees


SolSmart Gold
Population: 3,190
Designation Level: SolSmart Gold
Year Designated: 2019
  • 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
This was a no-brainer for the Silt staff and Town Board of Trustees to make the necessary changes to streamline the process for our residents and businesses who want to install solar.
- Janet Aluise, Community Development Director