Released on November 1, 2017 - 4:24pm

 Mayor Craig A. Moe is proud to announce that the City of Laurel is receiving a Silver designation from the national SolSmart program for making it faster, easier, and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar. Laurel is the first city or county in Maryland to be recognized! 

 

This designation acknowledges the City of Laurel for taking bold steps to encourage solar energy growth and remove obstacles to solar development. The SolSmart Silver designation signifies to companies that Laurel is “open for solar business.”

 

SolSmart is led by The Solar Foundation and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). It is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. More than 100 cities, counties, and small towns have achieved SolSmart designation since the program launched in 2016.

 

To receive the designation, cities and counties make changes to reduce the time and money needed to install solar panels. This includes evaluating the permit process, as well as planning and zoning procedures. Laurel has implemented zoning regulations in the Unified Land Development Code for solar installations. The City has also issued over 300 Solar PV permits, for installations for residential and commercial properties. These actions encourage solar companies to do business in the City of Laurel, which drives economic development and creates jobs.

 

SolSmart uses objective criteria to award communities points based on the actions they take to reduce barriers to solar energy development. Communities are then selected as a gold, silver, or bronze community.

 

If you have any questions regarding Solar Energy installations in the City of Laurel, call 301-725-5300, ext. 2238.

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