SolSmart: Nationally Distinguished. Locally Powered.


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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.

Vist to learn more about the program. If you're interested in applying for SolSmart designation or technical assistance please contact Nick Kasza at or 202-626-3007.

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