South Bay Cities Council of Governments
California’s South Bay region is one of the nation’s most ethnically and economically diverse. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the City of Los Angeles, the region is home to pristine beaches and business parks, oil refineries and the Madrona Preserve, and now to more than half of the State of California’s SolSmart designated cities. In the past year, eight South Bay Cities and the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG) have all earned SolSmart designation, an effort which has effectively doubled the number of designated cities within California.
Even with 1 million solar installations across California, the road to achieving the State’s solar deployment goals remains a long one, and residential rooftop solar has an outsize role in achieving those goals. Of the challenges for promoting single-family rooftop solar adoption at the municipal level, one is for cities to develop a unified messaging strategy which not only provides information but also empowers residents. Working with EcoMotion, the SolSmart Advisor for the region, the SBCCOG and its member cities addressed this challenge by launching solar landing pages on their websites, thereby expanding access to information for residents through online publication of checklists, permit forms, interactive maps, financing and consumer protection resources, and solar contractor databases.
These communities were recognized for their achievements at the SBCCOG meeting of the Board on October 24. The full list of designated communities in the region includes:
SolSmart Gold: Carson, El Segundo, Gardena, Manhattan Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Torrance
SolSmart Gold (Regional Organization): South Bay Cities Council of Governments
SolSmart Silver: Hawthorne, Palos Verdes Estates
SolSmart Bronze: Redondo Beach (previously designated)