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Oklahoma City recognized for encouraging solar energy growth

By OKC.gov / Inside OKC / July 26, 2017

The City of Oklahoma City has earned national recognition for its efforts to promote solar energy.

SolSmart, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Sunshot Initiative, awarded the City a bronze designation for making it easier for people to choose solar energy options.

“Solar energy is a job creation opportunity. As an energy industry capital, it’s important for us to continue the growth in solar jobs in Oklahoma City,” said City Sustainability Manager T.O. Bowman. “Solar jobs in Oklahoma City grew by 106 percent from 2015 to 2016. We need to ensure that momentum continues.”

To earn the bronze designation, local governments take steps to reduce soft costs involved in installing a solar energy system. The City’s Sustainability Office added permitting information to okc.gov to clarify the process for a solar installation, reviewed City code affecting solar energy, led discussions on smart rate design and potential legislation, and provided staff training.

The SolSmart designation team, led by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), evaluates communities on steps to reduce soft costs and other barriers to going solar.

As part of the SolSmart program, all participating communities are eligible to request no-cost technical assistance from a team of national solar experts to help them achieve designation. The SolSmart technical assistance team is led by The Solar Foundation.

Launched in April 2016, SolSmart aims to designate 300 communities during the three-year, federally funded program.

Read the release at okc.gov.

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