The SolSmart team was at the National Association of Counties Annual Conference in Franklin County, Ohio, this weekend to announce a host of new counties receiving SolSmart designation! In addition to that, we’ve seen numerous cities and towns in recent weeks receive designations of SolSmart Gold, Silver, and Bronze.
At the conference, the mood was bright and cheerful as county officials gathered to celebrate the new designees. What's more, representatives from other communities expressed hope that they would soon be designated themselves.
SolSmart recognizes cities and counties for taking steps to cut red tape and reduce the costs of solar energy at the local level. So far, a total of 78 communities have received their designations as “open for solar business” in just over a year since the launch of SolSmart. A map with a list of all designees can be found here.
The latest SolSmart designees are all over the country, from Athens-Clarke County in Georgia to Contra Costa County, California. Recently designated cities include Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Sacramento, California; Providence, Rhode Island; and many more.
Here are all the new communities receiving designations in recent weeks, as well as the communities that have moved from Bronze or Silver to a higher Designation:
Adams County, Colorado
Pima County, Arizona
Sonoma County, California
Linn County, Iowa
Providence, Rhode Island
Albemarle County, Virginia
Athens-Clarke County, Georgia
Contra Costa County, California
Franklin County, Ohio
Marin County, California
DeKalb County, Georgia
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Will County, Illinois
NEW LEVEL OF DESIGNATION
Carrboro, North Carolina – Gold
Cupertino, California – Gold
Orange County, North Carolina – Silver