Loudoun County has been recognized by the national SolSmart Program for its efforts to make it easier for homes and businesses to go solar, County Administrator Tim Hemstreet announced Wednesday. Loudoun has received a SolSmart Silver designation, one of only four communities in Virginia to achieve this ranking.
SolSmart, a program of the International City/County Management Association and The Solar Foundation, recognizes communities that have taken key steps to address local barriers to solar energy and foster the growth of local solar markets.
Using objective criteria, SolSmart awards jurisdictions points for removing obstacles to solar energy development in areas such as planning and zoning, permitting and inspections. The designation recognizes Loudoun’s processes, procedures and policies that help support solar energy development, including:
In addition to achieving the SolSmart Silver designation, Loudoun takes part in the annual Solarize NOVA campaign, which provides free assessments for homeowners and businesses in regards to their property’s suitability for solar. The program also offers discounted pricing on solar panels and can connect property owners to a network of qualified, local solar installers.
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