Orlando, Florida (SolSmart Gold)
Orlando has big plans and ambitious programs underway to advance sustainable energy growth. One thing the city saw as an opportunity toward meeting its goals was to reduce the permitting time and in turn, the soft costs of solar installations. SolSmart worked with the city to overhaul the process for permitting solar projects, train staff on best practices, and reduce the time and cost associated with going solar, significantly cutting the time required for a permit by 2-3 days. Since 2017, the city has seen a doubling in the number of solar contractors and a significant growth in solar installations. The city is also leading initiatives on solar group purchases, assistance for low-income families to go solar, and much more.
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