South St. Paul
Designation Level: SolSmart Bronze
Year Designated: 2020
South St. Paul became involved in SolSmart as a followup to its work on GreenStepCities, a sustainability program in Minnesota. Through SolSmart, the city was able to continue its work to adopt best practices and document its progress on solar energy. The city recently saw a new 329 kW array installed at the Kaposia Education Center, an elementary school, and plans to steadily increase the number of residential solar installations while making solar easier for the community to access.
- 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
South St. Paul’s SolSmart achievement highlights the City’s efforts to reduce barriers for residents and businesses that are interested in investing in solar.
- Monika Mann, Community Development Support Specialist