We are excited to announce that the SolSmart program has received an extension from the U.S. Department of Energy and will now continue until March 2022! Since the launch of SolSmart in 2016, we’ve been proud to offer no-cost technical assistance that has helped nearly 400 local governments achieve SolSmart designation. Over the next year, we’re looking forward to extending the program to new communities and doing even more to encourage solar energy growth at the local level.
The SolSmart team has been proud to work with municipalities, counties, and regional organizations in 41 states and DC to reduce barriers to solar energy development. These communities have reduced solar permitting times, adopted zoning codes to encourage solar energy, installed solar on municipal facilities, and taken many other steps to make solar energy more affordable and accessible for residents and businesses. You can find a few examples in the case studies posted here.
Despite the challenges the pandemic has brought over the past year, solar energy is growing faster than ever. Solar offers a host of benefits to communities, from reduced electricity bills to tax revenue benefits for local governments, and it is a key part of meeting local sustainability goals. We are so excited to help local governments achieve their clean energy priorities and gain well-deserved recognition through SolSmart designation.
We encourage you reach out to any local government colleagues who might be interested in joining the SolSmart program. Communities can contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.