"We are grateful for the SolSmart recognition because it validates the many years of deliberate effort by our Building and Planning departments to streamline our permitting processes to be as fast and low-cost as they can be. One solar installation professional recently wrote to tell us, ‘You guys are so fast, you rock! I am so happy with your team and the permitting process.’”Rob Dixon, Assistant City Manager for Community Development
Created a sustainability task force to set goals and monitor progress in renewable energy
Reviewed local zoning codes and identified restrictions that intentionally or unintentionally prohibit solar PV development
Allowed solar by-right accessory use in all zones (so solar installations don’t require special permits or hearings)
Provided a streamlined permitting pathway for small solar systems.
Cross-trained both inspection and permitting staff on solar PV
Created a streamlined process to approve certain solar permit applications over the counter
Installed solar on public facilities, including the Intermondal Transit Facility, Ron Tonkin Field, Cherry Lane Fire Station, and others
Represented the community within Northwest Solar Communities to advancing solar policies in the region
Hosted solar workshops open to the public explaining opportunities with pv and solar policy.