SolSmart is a national solar designation and technical assistance program which is led by the Solar Foundation and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). The program funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) through its Solar Energy Technology Office (SETO). SolSmart helps communities go solar and realize associated economic benefits, and awards communities that are taking actions to go solar faster.
In 2019 SolSmart announced the SolSmart Regional Organizations Pathway (https://www.solsmart.org/apply-for-designation-legacy/regional-organizations-pathway/), which is their regional organization campaign. This program is specifically designed to encourage regional organizations like NRVRC to play a key role in supporting solar efforts in their regions.
The NRVRC board gave their approval for staff to submit a letter of interest to the program in pursuit of the regional designation. The Regional Commission will be pursuing the SolSmart bronze designation.
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