Carrboro Townwide News

Posted on: May 11, 2017

Carrboro Receives Bronze Level Solar Community Designation

Carrboro, in collaboration with Orange County, Chapel Hill, and the NC Clean Energy Technology Center at NC State University, has earned a Bronze level designation in the SolSmart program, a U.S. Department of Energy “SunShot” initiative that provides official recognition and expert technical assistance to help communities expand solar energy development.


  • is administered by a team of national experts led by The Solar Foundation and the International City/County Management Association.
  • provides no-cost technical assistance to help cities and counties achieve designation.
  • recognizes communities that adopt programs and practices that reduce barriers and lower the costs of going solar.
  • grants designation to cities and counties based on a system of prerequisites and points that shows communities have met uniform, national criteria for encouraging solar market growth.

To receive SolSmart designation, communities must take action to reduce solar “soft costs,” which are non-hardware costs that can increase the time and money it takes to install a solar energy system. Reducing these costs leads to savings that are passed on to consumers. The soft costs that the Town has the most influence over include costs that stem from planning, zoning, permitting, and inspection practices.

Carrboro, along with Orange County and Chapel Hill, intends to continuing working towards silver and gold designation in the next several months.

For more information:

Trish McGuire, Planning Director,

SolSmart website....
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