The Solar Foundation leads the expert technical assistance team for SolSmart, a national designation program recognizing communities that address local barriers to solar energy development. The SolSmart designation program provides high-profile, national recognition for municipalities and counties that have made it cheaper and easier to go solar.

Achieving designation sends a signal to solar companies that a community is “open for solar business,” attracting new businesses and encouraging local economic development and job growth. Through this program, we work closely with cities and counties to provide the technical assistance they need to achieve designation. A select number of communities also have the opportunity to host SolSmart Advisors – experienced, temporary staff who work in communities for up to six months.

Since the program launched in April 2016, more than 50 cities, counties, and small towns across the nation have achieved SolSmart designation. Learn about the designees here.

All cities and counties are eligible to join SolSmart and receive no-cost technical assistance from The Solar Foundation and our partners. To learn more, contact us at

SolSmart is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative.