Solar PV provides a variety of benefits to local governments, businesses, and residents, including: new jobs, improved air quality and public health, stabilization of a portion of electricity costs, and abundant energy from one of the ten sunniest states in the U.S."Roger Armstrong, Summit County Council Member
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
Hosted a community “Solarize” campaign, Mountain Town Community Solar, allowing residents to benefit from group discounts and affordable solar financing
Provided local incentives for solar PV via an Alternative Energy Permit fee waiver through December 31, 2017
Installed solar PV on local facilities, totaling 290kW between the Public Health Building and Justice Center
Led by a passionate group of community members and supported by local government, Summit Community Solar (SCS) was a successful community solar initiative that launched in 2013. Designed to increase residential photovoltaic solar in Summit County, this grassroots initiative combined a robust community engagement and outreach effort with both the financial benefits of bulk solar purchasing and the ease of contractor pre-selection
In addition to encouraging residential solar growth and staying true to its community heritage, Summit County has sought to lead by example by installing solar energy systems on county buildings.