The Sustainable Cities Institute at NLC is part of a team providing technical assistance to cities through SolSmart, a national designation and technical assistance program that recognizes leading solar communities and empowers additional communities to expand their local solar markets. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative, SolSmart strives to cut red tape, drive greater solar deployment, and make it possible for even more American homes and businesses to access affordable and renewable solar energy to meet their electricity needs.
The designation criteria that forms the foundation of the SolSmart program was developed and vetted by national solar experts from the solar industry, leading non-profit organizations, local governments stakeholders, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Communities will be designated as SolSmart Gold, Silver, or Bronze when they achieve a predetermined points total. Cities that use the program to reduce soft costs and improve access to solar stand to gain several benefits.
NLC has partnered with The Solar Foundation and others to provide customized, no-cost technical assistance. Our team of national solar experts will work with elected officials, city staff, and community members to help cities update their policies and process using established best practices.
In the News:
- November 17: SolSmart Designates Seven New Solar-Friendly Communities
- October 26: Solar-friendly Cities Challenge Winners Announced
- September 29: SolSmart Designates First Solar-friendly Communities
- September 26: Communities Across the U.S. Designated "Open For Solar Business"
- August 8: NLC Launches New Solar-Friendly Cities Challenge
- July 11: Becoming SolSmart: Communities Strive for Solar Friendly Designation
- July 11: Somerville joins national program to reduce solar energy costs
- June 24: Ames takes another step toward solar energy
- June 11: Plano joins solar energy initiative
- May 23: Columbia among first cities in country to join solar energy program
- April 27: New SolSmart Program Helps Cities Go Solar, Create Jobs
- April 27: Communities Nationwide Invited to Become SolSmart; Receive Recognition and Technical Assistance for Reducing Solar Energy Costs