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Carrboro, in collaboration with Orange County, Chapel Hill, and the NC Clean Energy Technology Center at NC State University, has earned a Gold level designation in the SolSmart program, a U.S. Department of Energy “SunShot” initiative that provides official recognition and expert technical assistance to help communities expand solar energy development. Carrboro received a Bronze designation in May 2017, and has been able to move up to Gold level because of additional credits received, in large part associated with adoption of solar provisions in the Land Use Ordinance.
•is administered by a team of national experts led by The Solar Foundation and the International City/County Management Association.
•provides no-cost technical assistance to help cities and counties achieve designation.
•recognizes communities that adopt programs and practices that reduce barriers and lower the costs of going solar.
•grants designation to cities and counties based on a system of prerequisites and points that shows communities have met uniform, national criteria for encouraging solar market growth.
To receive SolSmart designation, communities must take action to reduce solar “soft costs,” which are non-hardware costs that can increase the time and money it takes to install a solar energy system. Reducing these costs leads to savings that are passed on to consumers. The soft costs that the Town has the most influence over include costs that stem from planning, zoning, permitting, and inspection practices.
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Trish McGuire, Planning Director, firstname.lastname@example.org