The City of Edmonds joins more than 300 cities, towns and counties across the U.S. who have now met national benchmarks for encouraging the growth of solar energy and removing barriers to solar market development.
It’s the latest solar recognition for Edmonds, which received national recognition in 2017 for its efforts to promote solar energy when SolSmart, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, awarded a bronze designation to the city for taking important first steps to encourage solar energy growth. Edmonds was the first city in the state to achieve this designation.
As a SolSmart Bronze designee, the City of Edmonds received national recognition for adopting programs and practices that make it faster, easier, and cheaper to go solar, the city noted in an announcement. A SolSmart designation is a signal that the community is “open for solar business,” helping to attract solar industry investment and generate economic development and local jobs. Through the SolSmart program, Edmonds received no-cost technical assistance and national recognition for its bold actions to advance solar energy locally.
“Edmonds’ solar achievements include a variety of initiatives, such as reducing the cost and approval times for installing solar panels on homes and businesses, being a sponsor of a community solar project at the Anderson Center, and modifying development codes to make it easier to install solar in the city,” said Planning Manager Rob Chave. “Promoting solar energy is an important part of Edmonds’ approach to sustainability, reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, while at the same time reducing energy costs for our citizens.”
“We are very proud of Edmonds’ continued progress in providing solar energy to our community,” said Mayor Dave Earling. “And it’s wonderful news to see how many other communities throughout our country are joining Edmonds in its dedication to protecting and improving both our environment and our economy through solar energy.”
Led by The Solar Foundation and the International City/County Management Association, and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office, SolSmart helps local governments make it faster, easier, and more affordable to go solar. The program launched in 2016 and has now achieved its goal of designating at least 300 communities as SolSmart Gold, Silver or Bronze, with designees in 40 states and the District of Columbia.
Throughout the month of October, these communities are planning events, local announcements and other special activities to highlight their solar energy achievements. More information on these communities and their achievements can be found at www.SolSmart.org/SolSmart300.