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There are three levels of SolSmart designation for communities.

Bronze

  • 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:
    • Permitting
    • 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. Note: Actions in any of the Special Focus Categories count toward the 20-point target.
  • Note: Early Adopter communities will receive 10 extra points applied toward a category of their choice.

Silver

  • 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.

Gold

  • 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.

Special Awards

  • Communities that earn 60% of the points in a given category are eligible for special recognition.