First Round Advisor Host Communities

The communities and organizations below will host SolSmart Advisors beginning in January 2017. Biographies of each of the Advisors can be found here.

Host Community Host Information Advisor Responsibilities
Adams County, CO; Lafayette, CO Adams County, Colorado and Lafayette, Colorado will share an Advisor in their pursuit of designation. The Advisor can expect to work within both communities.
  • Streamlining the permitting process for solar PV systems
  • Integrating solar into planning documents
  • Posting solar-related information online
Atlanta, GA The City of Atlanta, Georgia is hosting an Advisor in the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.
  • Reviewing and providing feedback about zoning requirements
  • Streamlining the permitting process for solar PV systems
  • Creating and implementing solar training programs for municipal staff
Carrboro, NC; Chapel Hill, NC; Orange County, NC The cities of Carrboro and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, along with Orange County, North Carolina, will all share an Advisor. The Advisor will work in each community.
  • Reviewing and providing feedback about zoning requirements
  • Incorporating solar into local plans
  • Interfacing with community members and other stakeholders on solar issues and programs
Charlottesville, VA; Albemarle County, VA The City of Charlottesville, Virginia is partnering with Albemarle County, Virginia to host an Advisor. The Advisor will work in both communities.
  • Reviewing and providing feedback about zoning requirements
  • Streamlining the permitting process for solar PV systems
  • Creating and implementing solar training programs for municipal staff, and posting solar-related information online
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (PA) The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission in Pennsylvania will host an Advisor on behalf of communities in the greater Philadelphia region. Communities include: Cheltenham, Chester, Edgmont, Lower Merion, Media, Philadelphia, Pottstown, and Upper Merion.
  • Reviewing and providing feedback about zoning requirements and permitting procedures
  • Developing community engagement strategies
  • Conducting feasibility analyses for solar
Duluth, MN The City of Duluth, Minnesota will host an Advisor in its Department of Public Administration.
  • Reviewing and providing feedback about zoning requirements
  • Integrating solar into planning documents
  • Creating and implementing solar training programs for municipal staff
Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance The cities of Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky will share an Advisor. The Advisor will work in both communities..
  • Reviewing and providing feedback about zoning requirements
  • Reviewing solar permit requirements and fees
  • Interfacing with community members, solar installers, and institutions of higher education on solar issues and programs
Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MA) The Metropolitan Area Planning Council in Massachusetts will host an Advisor on behalf of communities in the greater Boston region. Communities include: Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Melrose, Natick, Somerville, Winthrop.
  • Reviewing and providing feedback about zoning requirements
  • Streamlining the permitting process for solar PV systems
  • Creating and implementing solar training programs for municipal staff
Michiana Area Council of Governments (IN) The Michiana Area Council of Governments in Indiana will host an Advisor on behalf of the City of South Bend and other communities in the suburban South Bend region.
  • Reviewing and providing feedback about zoning requirements
  • Streamlining the permitting process for solar PV systems
  • Creating and implementing solar training programs for municipal staff
Oklahoma City, OK Oklahoma City, Oklahoma will host an Advisor in its Planning Department.
  • Incorporating solar into local plans
  • Interfacing with the local utility and community on solar issues and programs
  • Assessing the feasibility of public facilities and sites for solar
Providence, RI "The City of Providence, Rhode Island will host an Advisor in its Office of Sustainability.
  • Reviewing and providing feedback on zoning requirements
  • Incorporating solar into local plans
  • Interfacing with the local utility, community members, and other stakeholders on solar issues and programs
 
 

INTERESTED IN THE NEXT ROUND OF ADVISORS

The second application round for communities is open and will close in January 2017.

Click here to learn more about the current application timeline and criteria.