SolSmart provides a road map for the City of Middletown to continually improve our solar-related process. The program oriented us to both existing strengths and areas that could be improved. We believe that facilitating solar energy in Middletown strengthens infrastructure, lowers costs, and helps ensure resiliency and equity for all residents. ”Michael Harris, PE, Middletown Energy Coordinator
Created an online permitting checklist, increasing transparency for community members and solar installers.
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)
Cross-trained both inspection and permitting staff on solar PV