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Ready to get started? Interested communities can apply for designation using the simple Online Application.

Upon receipt of the application, the Designation Program Administrator (led by the International City/County Management Association) will conduct a baseline assessment to determine which criteria the community currently meets based on previous efforts and which actions are still required before designation can be granted.

Communities committed to pursuing SolSmart designation will be eligible for no-cost technical assistance (“TA”) from the Technical Assistance Provider (led by The Solar Foundation) and its team of national solar and local government experts to help communities meet the criteria for designation.

We encourage all applicants to read the full program guide before beginning the application process.

System Requirements

The SolSmart Intake Form is fully web-based, so there’s nothing to download or install. You can complete it on a Windows, Mac, or Linux computer as long as you’re using a supported web browser and have an Internet connection. The supported browsers are Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Opera, and Internet Explorer 9.0+ (although Internet Explorer is not recommended). You must also have JavaScript and cookies enabled in your browser.

Paper Application

Before you begin, we recommend reviewing the SolSmart Program Guide and Frequently Asked Questions. Due to the comprehensiveness of the form, we also recommend printing and reviewing the SolSmart Program Guide which contains the same designation criteria information as the online form. Circulating it to your colleagues in relevant local government departments and collecting verification documents before beginning will make information easier to enter in fewer sittings, and may help to expedite the processing of your intake form.

Documentation And Verification

The application is comprehensive of solar soft cost issues addressable by local governments and it will require input from multiple departments. Each action includes recommended forms of documentation an applicant can submit for our team to verify that an action has been achieved. While submitting the recommended documentation is preferable and will help expedite the review process, we recognize that not every community will have the same documentation. In these cases, please provide what is available and best demonstrates the achievement of each action.

Saving Your Progress

This intake form allows respondents to save their progress at the end of each page and return at a later time to complete additional sections. The form will not save your progress if you exit without clicking the “Save and Resume Later” link, which may be found at the bottom of each page. Each time you save you will receive a new link.

Contact Us

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