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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.

Stakeholder Benefits:

  • 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 customersSoft 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.

Community Benefits:

  • 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 Advisorfully-funded, experienced staff recruited to help communities achieve designation. Advisors will work within 30 communities for engagements lasting up to six months.