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There are three levels of SolSmart designation for communities.
Provide a Solar Statement outlining your community’s solar goals, and commit to tracking key metrics such as number and capacity of installed Photovoltaic (PV) systems.
Fulfill required actions in both of the Foundational Categories:
Planning, Zoning, and Development Regulations
Earn at least 20 points in each of the two Foundational Categories (above).
Earn a total of 20 points from actions across the six Special Focus Categories: Inspection; Construction Codes; Solar Rights; Utility Engagement; Community Engagement; and Market Development and Finance.
Fulfill the requirements to become a SolSmart Bronze Community.
Complete the two Silver-required actions in the Planning, Zoning, and Development Regulations and Inspection categories.
Earn 100 points overall from actions taken in any combination of categories.
Fulfill the requirements to become a SolSmart Silver Community.
Complete the Gold-required action in Permitting.
Earn 200 points overall from actions taken in any combination of categories.
Communities that earn 60% of the points in a given category are eligible for Special Recognition Awards.