NLC Launches New Solar-Friendly Cities Challenge

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Your city could win national recognition, free passes to NLC’s 2016 City Summit in Pittsburgh, a speaking role at the conference, a guest blog post, and more.

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Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, the SolSmart program helps cities remove regulatory barriers to solar deployment and implement best practices to harness economic opportunity. (SolSmart)

NLC is excited to be part of a team administrating the SolSmart program, which is designed to nationally recognize local solar achievements and provide no-cost technical assistance for any community looking to improve local solar policies. We’re challenging cities to prove how solar-friendly they are by completing a SolSmart designation scorecard. The challenge will run for five weeks, beginning on Monday, August 8, and ending on Friday, September 9. The two cities with the highest verified points total will receive the following prizes:

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Cities that accumulate a certain number of points have the opportunity to receive one of three designations (Gold, Silver, or Bronze) and will be nationally recognized for their participation.

1st place

  • Two complimentary passes to the 2016 City Summit
  • Guest blog post on CitiesSpeak, the official blog of the National League of Cities
  • Speaking role during a 2016 City Summit workshop on Energy Policy
  • Recognition on NLC’s Sustainable Cities Institute website
  • Recognition in The Weekly, the official newsletter of the National League of Cities

2nd place

  • One complimentary pass to the 2016 City Summit
  • Recognition during a 2016 City Summit workshop on Energy Policy
  • Recognition on NLC’s Sustainable Cities Institute website
  • Recognition in The Weekly, the official newsletter of the National League of Cities

Even if your city doesn’t finish in the top two positions, any community that completes a designation scorecard is eligible for no-cost technical assistance to improve their solar markets. It’s important to note that this challenge is not about how much solar your city has installed – it’s about having favorable policies and processes in place to allow for easy and accessible installation of solar for homes and businesses. The SolSmart team, comprised of national solar experts, will work with elected officials, city staff, and community members to help cities update their policies and process using established best practices.

To participate in the SolSmart City Challenge, pursue SolSmart designation, or learn more about the program, simply fill out this form:

About the Author: Nick Kasza is a Senior Associate with the Sustainable Cities Institute at the National League of Cities. He is part of a team that administers the SolSmart program and helps deliver technical assistance to cities pursuing SolSmart designation. His areas of expertise include solar photovoltaic project development, due diligence, and risk assessment.