Solar in USA: 200 Local U.S. Governments “Open For Solar Business”
Lee’s Summit, Mo., has been designated as SolSmart Gold, marking the 200th local government nationwide to be recognized under the SolSmart program, which provides no-cost technical assistance to help communities make it faster, easier and more affordable to go solar.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office and led by The Solar Foundation and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), SolSmart launched two years ago in April 2016. Local governments that meet objective criteria are designated as SolSmart Gold, Silver or Bronze, a signal that the community is “open for solar business.” Every local government in the U.S. is eligible.
The 200 SolSmart designees are in 35 states and the District of Columbia and represent over 59 million Americans. The newest designees range from small towns such as Fairfield, Iowa, to cities such as Asheville, N.C., and Shawnee, Kan., to county governments such as Suffolk County, N.Y. Major cities such New York City, Atlanta, Chicago and many others have also achieved designation.
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