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All cities and counties are eligible for no-cost technical assistance from SolSmart’s team of national and local experts. This assistance can take a variety of forms, depending on the community’s needs.

In-Person Assistance

  • Presentations: Attend SolSmart presentations pertaining to local or regional solar challenges and opportunities.
  • Site Visits: Get in-person assistance around specific criteria, categories, or projects via a short visit by a SolSmart solar expert.

Remote Assistance

  • Online: Email your community’s dedicated technical assistance provider, participate in subject matter webinars, or visit our online resource catalog.
  • Over the Phone: Call the SolSmart Hotline or contact your community’s SolSmart technical assistance provider for a one-on-one conversation or group conference call.

Peer-to-Peer Assistance

  • SolSmart Peer Mentor Network: Engage online, over the phone, or at SolSmart events with local government elected officials or staff who have applied best practices in their own communities.

Intensive Assistance

  • SolSmart Workshops: SolSmart Workshops are intensive, action-oriented sessions designed to empower communities to make significant progress toward achieving designation. Workshops are single or multi-day events, the duration of which are driven by the capacity, needs, and priorities of community hosts. During SolSmart Workshops, technical assistance providers meet with departmental staff in prearranged sessions to assist in the deployment of best practices.
  • SolSmart Advisors: SolSmart Advisors are programfunded and trained staff that will work in a community or region for engagements lasting up to six months. Host communities are selected through a competitive application process based on potential impact, strength of project narrative, level of need, and geographic and socioeconomic diversity. The third application period will open in Summer 2018.