SolSmart for Garfield Clean Energy member governments
SolSmart is a national designation program recognizing cities, counties and regional organizations that foster the development of local solar markets. The goal of SolSmart is to make it faster, easier and more affordable to go solar, while helping local governments bring new business to their community, promote economic growth and foster the creation of new jobs.
The Garfield Clean Energy board supports the goal of having its member governments achieve Sol Smart designation. It's a way to recognize that solar energy is a valuable resource and that solar development builds the local economy.
SolSmart provides free technical assistance to help local governments achieve a bronze, silver or gold designation. Important actions leading to designation are:
- Enhancing local solar markets by making it easier and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar.
- Promoting and sustaining local solar related jobs.
- Improving processes to make them more efficient.
- Helping communities achieve climate action goals.
The SolSmart review team from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory completed an initial review for all nine GCE government partners, and four have already earned SolSmart designations (see sidebar).
GCE is able to provide support to help other member governments achieve SolSmart designation. Now is the time to review solar planning, codes and permitting to remove any unnecessary barriers and attract the economic benefit of solar development to Garfield County and its municipalities.
Congrats to these local SolSmart designees!
Follow the links to learn more about what each of these local governments has done to facilitate local solar development.