SolSmart is a national designation program designed to recognize communities that have taken key steps to address local barriers to solar energy and foster the growth of mature local solar markets.
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Solar-ready construction guidelines enable newly constructed residential and commercial buildings to accommodate future solar installations. This includes maximizing roof space by strategically locating building equipment and orienting buildings for maximum solar gain. Guidance documents can assist developers, and these upfront modifications for solar can significantly reduce the cost of future installations.
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Local governments can take additional steps to encourage solar ready construction by creating requirements through ordinances or using development incentives for proposed developments.
Aligning designing specifications with the latest construction and safety codes can reduce review periods for electrical, fire and safety and other personnel.
The International Code Council has developed model construction codes for solar PV. These codes are meant to support fire and safety and building personnel. Code adoption is another way for local governments to ensure they are aligned with current best practice.
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