SolSmart is a national designation program designed to recognize communities that have taken key steps to address local barriers to solar energy and foster the growth of mature local solar markets.
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Utilities conduct their own inspections on solar PV systems before the system can be connected to the grid. To save time for both property owners and solar installers, utilities can be notified once a solar system has been permitted.
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Community or shared solar is mechanism for community members who are unable to install solar on their home and business to benefit from renewable energy. Utilities are key to projects as community solar interfaces with utility grid and billing infrastructure.
Utilities can be partners in encouraging renewable energy development. Utilities could offer solar programs or incentives to complement local government goals, and also serve an important role in outreach.
After reviewing utility interconnection procedures, local governments can work to consolidate inspections and coordinate with the timing of utility interconnection inspections. Reducing the number of inspection trips can save time and money for installers and property owners.
Utilities can offer solar programs for rooftop solar PV and community solar projects. These programs can provide a pathway for residents who would not normally be able to access or install solar PV on their home. Local governments can provide programmatic and outreach support to local utilities pursuing programs.
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