Regional Council in Cincinnati Area Achieves SolSmart Designation

OKI Regional Council of Governments (OKI) has received a Silver designation from the national SolSmart program for helping local governments across the Greater Cincinnati, Ohio area make it faster, easier and more affordable to go solar!

“We are proud to recognize OKI as the first regional organization in Ohio, Kentucky or Indiana to achieve SolSmart designation,” said Theresa Perry, Program Director at The Solar Foundation. “The Council of Governments is leading the OKI region to a clean energy future by providing education, technical assistance, and coordination. We encourage cities and counties in their region to work with OKI and the SolSmart program to achieve their clean energy goals.”

The SolSmart designation recognizes OKI for helping area communities remove obstacles to solar energy growth at the local level. OKI has provided guidance to local governments through best practice development for building and zoning permitting, encouraging solar ready design, engaging finance institutions working on innovative funding options, and working with local utilities to provide interactive solar mapping tools for property owners across the region.

“OKI is honored and excited to receive the SolSmart Silver designation,” OKI CEO Mark Policinski said. “Our agency has worked with our member governments over the past few years to develop resources and provide training to increase deployment of solar energy systems in the Greater Cincinnati area.”

The SolSmart designation recognizes both recent accomplishments and years of leadership from OKI in advancing solar energy growth in the region. This includes:

OKI now plans to expand its outreach to help more communities in the OKI region achieve SolSmart designation. Municipalities or counties interested in technical assistance on solar energy may contact Andy Meyer at or (513) 619-7705.