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Designation Level: SolSmart Gold
Bronze 2016 / Gold 2017
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Created a streamlined process to approve certain solar permit applications over the counter.
Hosted a community “Solarize” campaign, Solarize Somerville, allowing residents to benefit from group discounts and affordable solar financing.
Installed solar PV on local facilities, totaling 120kW across three facilities including Dr. Albert F. Argenziano School, Michael E. Capuano Early Childhood Center, and Somerville High School.
Developed feasiblity analysis or planning for resilient solar technologies for critical facilities and emergency planning such as solar and storage.
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
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