SolSmart brings in four new advisor organizations to help cities remove barriers to solar growth

Jordan, Minnesota, gets a SolSmart designation.

the national SolSmart program has selected four new advisory organizations to provide practical local assistance to help communities from Idaho to Puerto Rico encourage solar growth. SolSmart is also announcing three new national partners that will help local governments across the country use solar energy.

The SolSmart program provides free technical assistance to help municipalities, counties and regional organizations remove barriers to solar growth and open local solar markets. Since the launch of SolSmart in 2016, more than 400 communities have been awarded SolSmart Gold, Silver or Bronze status.

The new advisory organizations will focus on reaching underprivileged communities that may not have the staff or resources to achieve their solar energy goals. Selected through a competitive application process, SolSmart advisors provide intensive solar assistance to select communities for up to seven months.

“With their local knowledge and technical expertise, SolSmart advisors have been essential to the success of this program,” said Theresa Perry, program director at the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). “We are very excited to welcome these new advisors and partners, especially to help extend the benefits of solar energy to underserved communities.”

SolSmart is led by IREC and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and is funded by the US Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. The four organizations selected to serve as SolSmart-funded advisors are:

  • The Institute for Building and Technology Safety (IBTS), targeting municipalities in Puerto Rico.
  • The Utah Association of Counties, focused on rural counties and regional organizations in Utah.
  • Warm Springs Consulting, focused on Idaho and adjacent rural areas.
  • UN PREDICTABLE city, focused on Ohio communities.

In addition, the state of Michigan will sponsor the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Office, which will help additional communities in the state achieve the SolSmart designation. The Sustainable Ohio Public Energy Council (SOPEC) will provide a funded AmeriCorps volunteer to provide technical assistance to Ohio communities.

More information about these advisory organizations can be found at: SolSmart website.

New partner organizations

The program includes a team of partner organizations with expertise in solar energy and local governments. SolSmart is now pleased to announce three new partner organizations to the team:

  • National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO): NASEO will help raise awareness among state energy offices about opportunities to participate in SolSmart, and increase the participation of states that are currently underrepresented in SolSmart.
  • National Association of Regional Councils (NARC): NARC will assist the SolSmart program in reaching, recruiting and onboarding Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Councils of Government and Regional Councils for SolSmart designation.
  • NADO Research Foundation (NADO RF): NADO RF will encourage affiliated regional development organizations to research the resources and technical assistance provided through SolSmart.

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