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Soft cost progress: Over 300 local governments have streamlined solar permitting thanks to SolSmart program

Soft cost progress: Over 300 local governments have streamlined solar permitting thanks to SolSmart program

October 10, 2019 at 10:42 am 0 comments

We hype solar technology innovation often as the path forward to a renewable energy future, but the technology we have is already pretty awesome. The bigger opportunity to grow solar is now in small-scale local progress — cutting permitting red tape and normalizing solar systems within the zeitgeist. We arguedRead More

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Kudos to Southwest Virginia: Eight counties achieve SolSmart designation to encourage local solar energy market

July 25, 2019 at 11:08 am Comments are Disabled

Eight Southwest Virginia communities have achieved designation under the national SolSmart program for encouraging the growth of local solar energy markets, at a time when several major solar installations on schools, businesses, and community centers are poised to begin across the region. These communities were each awarded a SolSmart designationRead More

Setting an example: Three ways for U.S. jurisdictions to make solar energy a priority

Setting an example: Three ways for U.S. jurisdictions to make solar energy a priority

August 27, 2018 at 2:15 pm Comments are Disabled

In our cover feature for Sept/Oct, we look at the inefficiencies in local permitting and interconnection processes that are holding back solar energy adoption in pockets across the country. Check out the full feature here. On the flip side of the issues noted are communities making an effort to reviseRead More

Here’s how 200 local governments have made it easier to go solar

Here’s how 200 local governments have made it easier to go solar

May 1, 2018 at 9:30 am Comments are Disabled

Lee’s Summit, Missouri, was designated as SolSmart Gold, marking the 200th local government nationwide to be recognized under the SolSmart program, which provides no-cost technical assistance to help communities make it faster, easier, and more affordable to go solar. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies OfficeRead More

Twenty-two U.S. cities where red tape for solar energy is being removed

Twenty-two U.S. cities where red tape for solar energy is being removed

May 8, 2017 at 11:00 am Comments are Disabled

The case for solar varies wildly from region to region, and a lot of the reason for that involves red tape. Fifty-eight communities in 25 states have now achieved designation under SolSmart, a national program that recognizes cities and counties for lowering barriers to solar energy development. Representing more thanRead More

Two U.S. cities achieve highest level of solar affordability, access

Two U.S. cities achieve highest level of solar affordability, access

March 14, 2017 at 8:29 am Comments are Disabled

Seven new communities were recognized by SolSmart as national leaders for cutting red tape and making solar energy more affordable and accessible. “Today, we are recognizing these communities for removing barriers to solar energy development and lowering costs for homes and businesses,” said Andrea Luecke, President and Executive Director atRead More

SolSmart Advisors to cut red tape for solar installs in these 11 communities

SolSmart Advisors to cut red tape for solar installs in these 11 communities

January 30, 2017 at 12:36 pm Comments are Disabled

The true power of the solar industry is in the individual. Instead of waiting for someone on high to deliver the right solutons to the masses, the masses can seek out their own solutions. Organizations like SolSmart try to further this empowerment at the local level. Funded by the U.S.Read More

New SolSmart program to cut ‘red tape’ for communities looking to boost solar installs

New SolSmart program to cut ‘red tape’ for communities looking to boost solar installs

April 27, 2016 at 8:19 am Comments are Disabled

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and The Solar Foundation (TSF) just launched a new designation program that will recognize leading solar cities and counties as well as empower new communities to advance through no-cost technical assistance. A core component of the technical assistance program — named SolSmart — areRead More