In the boxes to the right, you’ll find the application that best suits your needs. Most applicants will use the standard pathway. For counties or jurisdictions who do not control zoning, please use the Modified County Pathway. For regional organizations, please use the Modified Regional Organization Pathway. If you’re unsure how to get started, we recommend you request a consultation call.

Upon receipt of the application, the Designation Program Administrator (led by the International City/County Management Association) will conduct an assessment to determine which criteria the community currently meets based on previous efforts and which actions, if any, are still required before designation can be granted.

Communities committed to pursuing SolSmart designation will be eligible for no-cost technical assistance (“TA”) from the Technical Assistance Provider (led by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council) and its team of national solar and local government experts to help communities meet the criteria for designation.

Getting Started

Before you begin, we recommend reviewing the Frequently Asked Questions and the SolSmart Program Guide. The Program Guide details the designation levels, the categories, intent of criteria, examples in action, templates, and other useful materials. Circulating it to your colleagues in relevant local government departments and collecting verification documents before beginning will make information easier to enter in fewer sittings, and may help to expedite the processing of your application.

Legacy Program Guide and Verification Appendix (2018 – 2020)

This program guide and verification appendix are for applicants who joined SolSmart prior to 2021 and would like to continue to use the standard pathway legacy credits. This does not apply for modified pathways.

Contact Us

If you hit a snag, contact us:

SolSmart Hotline: 202-962-3595

SolSmart Email: [email protected]