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SolSmart awards cities and counties points using objective criteria for removing obstacles to solar energy development. Communities that receive sufficient points are designated SolSmart Gold, Silver, or Bronze.

Points are awarded in the following eight categories. Complete information on the SolSmart criteria can be found here.

Permitting

Implement permitting best practices to provide solar developers and installers a transparent, efficient, and cost-effective approval processes that also protects your community’s valuable staff time.

Planning, Zoning, & Development Regulations

Provide maximum siting options for rooftop and ground-mounted solar projects while preserving your community’s character and historic resources.

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Inspection

Protect public health and safety while ensuring compliance with state and local codes.

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Construction Codes

Adopt applicable codes and standards that provide clear guidance on solar installation requirements and solar-ready construction.

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Solar Rights

Protect the right to sunlight for current and future solar consumers through solar access ordinances or easements.

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Utility Engagement

Discuss and implement your community’s goals for solar energy, community solar, net metering, and interconnection with local utility.

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Community Engagement

Support local solar energy development through public education and engagement efforts, group purchase programs, and participation in state-level solar conversations.

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Market Development & Finance

Lead the way with solar installations on public facilities and grow the local solar market by providing information on, or expanding, local financing options and incentives