Streamlining Solar Permitting

Sustainable CT registered communities are eligible to work with SolSmart and the Connecticut Green Bank to begin action 4.6 Streamline Solar Permitting for Small Solar Installations. Under this no-cost assistance program, municipalities will work with the SolSmart team to review zoning requirements and identify restrictions that might prohibit solar PV development.

SolSmart will review your community’s zoning regulations and provide you with a memo of findings at no-cost, satisfying the requirements for 4.6.1. This foundational step is also one of the three mandatory components of getting SolSmart Bronze designation. SolSmart is a no-cost solar technical assistance and designation program open to all communities and administered by The Solar Foundation and International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

Communities will also be eligible to work with the Connecticut Green Bank to complete 4.6.2. The CT Green Bank will create a checklist that your community can post to its municipal website that details the required permit(s), submittals, and steps of the solar permitting process (tailored to your municipal requirements). Once this checklist is posted your municipality will complete 4.6.2.

Take advantage of this free opportunity by sending a letter of interest to Sustainable CT. A letter of interest template is provided. Letters of interest will accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Roles / Responsibilities

Municipality will:

  • Assign at least one municipal representative as the point of contact for the completion of the regulation review and checklist development
  • Provide SolSmart and Connecticut Green Bank staff any requested background materials to aid in the completion of 4.6.1 and 4.6.2
  • Participate in any preparatory and/or progress calls as needed

SolSmart and Connecticut Green Bank will:

  • Staff from SolSmart will be responsible for performing the regulatory review as outlined in 4.6.1, as well as compiling the required memo documenting findings
  • Staff from the CT Green Bank will be responsible for developing the permitting process checklist as outlined in 4.6.2
  • Coordinate with the municipal point of contact to conduct research and share deliverables