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Why Should You Apply?
SolSmart designation – achieved through reducing barriers to solar, cutting red tape, and spurring solar market growth – brings many advantages to local governments and the local solar industry.
Eliminating red tape and making approval processes more efficient can save local governments time and money, helping communities better manage constrained budgets and limited taxpayer resources.
Improving local processes for going solar can improve business prospects for solar companies. More than one-third of solar installation companies say they avoid serving communities because of permitting difficulties.
Reducing solar “soft costs” can increase return on investment for solar customers. Soft costs are non-hardware costs, such as local permitting requirements, that represent up to two-thirds of the cost of an installed residential system. Complex or poorly-defined local government processes can add up to $2,500 to the cost of going solar.
National recognition through the SolSmart website, media campaign mentions, and other means.
An opportunity to receive awards for exceeding basic program requirements and further distinguishing your community from its peers.
The opportunity to host a SolSmart Advisor, fully-funded, experienced staff recruited to help communities achieve designation. Advisors will work within 30 communities for engagements lasting up to six months.