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Denton Designated “SolSmart Bronze” for Advancing Solar Energy Growth

12/15/2017 12:00:00 AM

Denton has received a Bronze designation from the national SolSmart program for making it faster, easier, and more affordable for homes and businesses to install solar panels.
This designation recognizes Denton for taking bold steps to encourage solar energy growth and remove obstacles to solar development. For companies looking to expand, a SolSmart Bronze designation is a signal that Denton is “open for solar business.”
 
“I am proud of the dedication and hard work of staff to obtain the Bronze designation for Denton,” said DME General Manager George Morrow. “Our city has made a commitment to renewable energy and sustainable practices and this award shows how we are making that commitment a reality.”
 
The SolSmart program is led by The Solar Foundation and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. More than 100 cities and counties have achieved a SolSmart designation since the program launched in 2016.
 
To achieve a SolSmart designation, cities and counties make changes to their local processes to reduce the time and money it takes to install a solar energy system. In Denton, staff implemented a streamlined application and approval process by combining the Denton Municipal Electric solar application with the Building Inspections permit application. This created a “one-stop shop” for customers throughout the solar application, approval, and permitting process.
 
Representatives from North Central Texas Council of Governments will be on hand to present the City its award at the City Council meeting on Jan. 9, 2018.
 
Contact: Tabitha Millsop, (940) 349-7529, Tabitha.Millsop@cityofdenton.com

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