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  1. Celebrating Solar in Sullivan County

    The Catskills region in New York State is not just home to beautiful mountains, but also a county setting aggressive...

  2. Now Over 300 SolSmart Communities Nationwide!

    From Anchorage, Alaska, to Sarasota, Florida, more than 300 local governments have now received SolSmart designation for encouraging the growth...

  3. Upcoming Webinar: Planning & Zoning Best Practices for Large-Scale Solar

    Join us on Tuesday, October 15 at 2pm ET for our webinar titled, Planning and Zoning Best Practices for Large-scale...

  4. Upcoming Webinar: How to Develop a Solarize Campaign

    Join us on Monday, August 26 at 2pm ET for our webinar titled, How to Develop a Solarize Campaign. In...

  5. Central Appalachia Celebrates Eight SolSmart Designees

    Southwest Virginia is open for solar business! Eight communities in this region have achieved SolSmart designation for encouraging the growth...

  6. SolSmart Counties Honored at the 2019 NACo Annual Conference in Las Vegas!

    Last week, SolSmart attended the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) 84th Annual Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada. The...

  7. Tools to Help Local Governments with Solar Planning & Deployment

    SolSmart recently hosted a webinar titled Decision Support Tools for Local Solar Planning & Deployment, where several of our experts...

  8. Win SolSmart’s New Innovation Award – Applications Now Open!

    Has your community or county implemented an innovative solar action or program? If so, we encourage you to apply for...

  9. Resources to Support Local Solar & Energy Efficiency Initiatives in Low-to-Moderate-Income Households

    As of September 2018, 43 percent of U.S. households were low to moderate income (LMI) – income levels lower than...

  10. Over 250 Communities Nationwide Designated SolSmart!

    SolSmart has surpassed a historic milestone! Over 250 municipalities, counties, and regional organizations have received a SolSmart designation for making...

  11. Illinois Takes National Lead in SolSmart Designations!

    Last week, Illinois took an important step forward in solar power growth – with resulting new job creation, economic development...

  12. Celebrating Minnesota Solar Growth

    In partnership with the Ramsey County, Minnesota Government, the Metropolitan Council, and the Great Plains Institute, SolSmart co-hosted the 2019...

  13. Case Studies in Expanding Solar Participation through Community Solar

    SolSmart’s Expanding Solar Participation through Community Solar: A Win-Win-Win for Municipalities, Utilities, and their Customers webinar was held on April...

  14. Updated SolSmart Program Guide!

    Are you interested in turning your city, town, or county into a SolSmart community? Check out SolSmart’s updated Program Guide...

  15. Announcing the 2019 Regional Organization Challenge Campaign!

    Regional organizations can play a significant role in fostering or developing thriving solar markets. They are uniquely positioned to advance...

  16. The 2019 Cities & Counties Challenge Campaign is Underway!

    As solar energy grows nationwide, local governments continue to play a significant role in its expansion. Through the adoption of...

  17. New Regional Organization Pathway Designates Organizations for Solar Leadership

    Good news for Regional Organizations interested in advancing regional solar efforts! Through SolSmart’s new Regional Organization Pathway, the Metropolitan Council...

  18. Upcoming Webinars: Electrification and Solar at the Regional Level – March 5 & 13

    SolSmart is hosting two exciting webinars in March: Join us on Tuesday, March 5th at 2pm ET for our webinar...

  19. Best Practices in Solar Planning & Zoning

    In January, SolSmart hosted a webinar titled Best Practices in Solar Planning and Zoning, where we discussed best practices for...

  20. Chattanooga Collaboration Delivers SolSmart Gold

    Once known for its smokestacks and steel mills, Chattanooga, Tennessee, has worked hard to reinvent itself as a renaissance city...

  21. 20 Colorado Communities Now “Open for Solar Business” As State Ties Nationwide Record

    Exciting news!! Twenty cities, towns, and counties in Colorado have now received designation from the national SolSmart program for making...

  22. Technical Assistance Spotlight: Permitting

    Permitting is one of the biggest roadblocks when it comes to the growth of solar at the local level. Across...

  23. SolSmart Advisors Head Into 2019, Ready to Assist Communities!

    Late last month, we held our SolSmart Advisor training seminar in Washington, D.C. to help prepare our new Advisors to...

  24. Explainer: New and Updated SolSmart Application

    We recently released the newest version of the SolSmart application. In addition to determining if a community receives a designation,...

  25. Sharing Successes at NLC’s 2018 City Summit

    The National League of Cities (NLC) held its annual City Summit conference last week in Los Angeles. This conference was...

  26. Orlando, Florida: Vaulting from Great to Gold

    The city of Orlando, Florida is a SolSmart Gold designee that stands out for surpassing ‘solar-ready’ and aiming to make...

  27. Resources and Success Stories for Cities Going Solar

    Last week, we co-hosted a webinar with Environment America and National League of Cities titled Resources and Success Stories for...

  28. SolSmart Takes on the 2018 ICMA Annual Conference

    Last week, SolSmart attended and exhibited at the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. ICMA leads...

  29. New Resources for Communities to Open Up Solar Markets

    As solar energy continues to grow and mature, changes occur: Best practices improve, standards and requirements are updated, and newer,...

  30. SolSmart is hiring two Advisors to assist Virginia communities

    SolSmart has grown at a rapid pace since its public launch in April 2016. Over 214 cities, towns, and counties...

  31. Celebrating Solar in Philadelphia

    When we think of solar-friendly cities, traditionally the first ones that come to mind might be in California or the...

  32. SolSmart Introduces the 2018 City and County Challenge for Solar Energy

    Local governments play a fundamental role in shaping energy choices in their communities. To help them make informed decisions, SolSmart...

  33. SolSmart Mentor of the Week: Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, Helping 15 Illinois Communities Shine

    A SolSmart designation recognizes the hard work a community undertakes to make solar energy accessible to more homes and businesses....

  34. SolSmart Designee of the Week: Charleston County, SC

    There are over 200 cities, counties, and small towns across the nation that have achieved SolSmart designation. Today, we’ll highlight...

  35. 200 Cities and Counties Now “Open for Solar Business”

    Washington, D.C., May 1, 2018 – Lee’s Summit, Missouri was designated today as SolSmart Gold, marking the 200th local government...

  36. Applications Open for Third Round of SolSmart Advisors

    We are pleased to announce the opening of the application process for the third round of SolSmart Advisors. SolSmart Advisors...

  37. Celebrating 125 Communities Open for Solar Business

    Local governments have a lot to celebrate when it comes to their communities going solar. As of now, 125 cities,...

  38. SolSmart Celebrates 100 City and County Designees!

    Big news: More than 100 cities, counties, and small towns across America are designated SolSmart Gold, Silver, or Bronze! Since...

  39. Are You solar Ready? Review our Program Guide.

    If you are ready to receive high-profile, national recognition as a SolSmart designee, download the full program guide to learn...

  40. Join Us In San Antonio For The ICMA Annual Meeting

    SolSmart will be at the 103rd International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas from October 22-25. As...

  41. SolSmart Designees Up to 78 Nationwide!

    The SolSmart team was at the National Association of Counties Annual Conference in Franklin County, Ohio, this weekend to announce a host...

  42. Winners of the 2017 SolSmart County Challenge Announced!

    The National Association of Counties (NACo) has announced the winners of their 2017 SolSmart County Challenge. As a component of the...

  43. New Communities to Host SolSmart Advisors

    SolSmart is happy to announce new communities ready to host the second round of SolSmart Advisors, experienced professionals who will...

  44. 58 Communities in 25 States are Now “Open for Solar Business”

    Just over a year after the SolSmart program launched, 58 communities in 25 states have achieved designation as “open for...

  45. Congratulations New SolSmart Designess!

    This week, SolSmart officially designated seven new cities and counties for making solar energy more affordable and accessible — and...

  46. New County Governments Become SolSmart!

    This week, at the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference in Washington, DC, SolSmart was proud to recognize new county governments achieving...

  47. Important New Information for Counties

    We have some important information to share for county governments pursuing a SolSmart designation. First, we have established a Modified Designation...

  48. Register Now! Two Free SolSmart Minnesota Solar Permitting Workshops

    The SolSmart program and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory present two FREE in-person workshops in Minnesota for current and prospective SolSmart communities....

  49. Announcing the First Round of SolSmart Advisors

    SolSmart is excited to announce that 11 communities will be hosting SolSmart Advisors, experienced professionals who will help these communities...

  50. Host a SolSmart Advisor in Your Community

    SolSmart is happy to announce the next opportunity to host a SolSmart Advisor. SolSmart Advisors are program-funded, temporary staff members that...

  51. SolSmart Designates 7 New Solar-Friendly Communities

    Today, SolSmart is recognizing seven new cities and counties for making it faster, easier, and cheaper to go solar. These...

  52. Seeking Qualified Candidates for SolSmart Advisors

    Cities and counties across the nation should be aware of a great opportunity to expand solar energy development and lower...

  53. First SolSmart Designees Announced Today

    We’re proud of the work communities around the country are doing to make it faster, easier, and cheaper to go...

  54. Welcoming the SolSmart Early Adopters!

    SolSmart is a national program with local impacts. Since it was announced in April, SolSmart has been helping communities across...

  55. Apply Now to Host a Solsmart Advisor

    City and county staff time can often be stretched thin. Public servants must ensure that all of their community’s needs...

  56. SolSmart – A New National Solar Designation Program

    The Solar Foundation and the International City/County Management Association are pleased to announce the launch of the SolSmart (www.solsmart.org) program....

  57. Sparc Announces “SolSmart” as Designation Program Name

    The Solar Foundation (TSF) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) are pleased to announce that next week the Solar...

  58. Brush Up On Your Solar Knowledge to Prepare Your Community for Designation

    **UPDATE: Advisors fact sheet posted in the Thursday, March 31 section below** Since its announcement last fall, the Solar Powering America by...

  59. The Sparc Program Introduces Its Criteria Advisory Committee

    Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities (SPARC) will establish a national recognition and technical assistance program for local governments. In...

  60. Stand Up and Stand Out!

    START WORKING TOWARD NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR YOUR COMMUNITY TODAY! In September 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a new initiative –...

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