Get national recognition for your community

SolSmart provides recognition and no-cost technical assistance to help local governments reduce barriers to solar energy growth. With the help of our team of national and local experts, cities, counties, and towns are cutting red tape to make it easier for homes and businesses to go solar. Local governments that achieve these goals are eligible for SolSmart designation, providing national recognition that they are “open for solar business.”

By encouraging solar energy development at the local level, SolSmart helps local governments bring new businesses to their community, promote economic growth, and foster the creation of new jobs.

SolSmart is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative and supports its goal of making it faster, cheaper, and easier to go solar. 



SolSmart designation – achieved through reducing local barriers to solar, cutting red tape, and spurring solar market growth can deliver a number of benefits to local governments and their stakeholders:

Stakeholder Benefits:

  • Eliminating red tape and making approval processes more efficient can save local governments time and money, helping communities better manage constrained budgets and limited taxpayer resources. 
  • Improving local processes for going solar can improve business prospects for solar companies. More than one-third of solar installation companies say they avoid serving communities because of permitting difficulties.
  • Reducing solar "soft costs" can increase return on investment for solar customers. Complex or poorly-defined local government processes can add up to $2,500 to the cost of going solar.

Community Benefits:

  • National recognition through the SolSmart website, media campaign mentions, and other means. 
  • An opportunity to receive awards for exceeding basic program requirements and further distinguishing your community from its peers.
  • The opportunity to host a SolSmart Advisorfully-funded, experienced staff recruited to help communities achieve designation. Advisors will work within 30 communities for engagements lasting up to six months.

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