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Brighton Earns Recognition as Solar Friendly Community

September 30, 2016

 

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July 21, 2015 – The city of Brighton has earned certification as a Solar Friendly Community for adopting leading best practices designed to make it faster, easier and more affordable for its residents to go solar. Brighton  adopted enough of the solar streamlining recommendations to earn gold  designation, and becomes the 17th Colorado community to be recognized since the program began in 2012. The City  will be honored at a regular  City Council meeting July 21  with the presentation of a road sign and a plaque to leaders.

 

“Everyone benefits when committed city staff and elected officials in communities like Brighton make smart investments in our communities resources,” said City of Brighton Mayor Dick McLean. “Being recognized as a Solar Friendly Community ensures we are taking steps in the right direction toward our sustainability goals and providing our citizens with fast and affordable solar options. We are proud to join the other 16 Colorado communities doing the same.”

 

Solar Friendly Communities works to advance reforms to solar permitting, inspection and finance and was launched as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot initiative. The program uses an easy-to-follow roadmap of 12 Best Practices (explained in detail at www.solarcommunities.org) and rewards communities for endorsing these practices.

 

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Boulder designated platinum-level Solar Friendly Community, highest recognition

November 28, 2014

Boulder, CO — The Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA) has awarded Boulder its highest designation for Solar Friendly Communities, a program that honors cities for making it faster, easier and more affordable to install solar systems on homes and businesses.

 

Boulder was awarded platinum status for implementing leading edge solar-friendly practices such as standards protecting solar access and updates to the fire code that support installation of rooftop solar panels. Boulder is the sixteenth Colorado community to be recognized by the program and the second to receive platinum designation.

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Westminster named state’s top solar friendly city

July 17, 2014

Westminster, CO — The City of Westminster has been certified as a Platinum Level Solar Friendly Community by an innovative partnership between local governments and the solar industry.

 

Westminster is the first community in Colorado to achieve the Platinum designation from the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA) as part of its Solar Friendly Communities Program.

 

The certification is earned by communities that are leaders in adopting best practices in permitting, inspection, planning and public education to help residents go solar. The program awards points toward certification based on the “12 Best Practices: A Roadmap to a Solar Friendly Community.”
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Lyons Earns Recognition as Solar Friendly Community

May 15, 2014

Lyons, CO — The town of Lyons has earned certification as a Solar Friendly Community for adopting leading best practices designed to make it faster, easier and more affordable for its residents to go solar.

 

Lyons adopted enough of the solar streamlining recommendations to earn 715 points for bronze designation, and becomes the 14th Colorado community to be recognized since the program began in 2012.
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Golden Earns Recognition as Solar Friendly Community

March 13, 2014

Golden, CO – The city of Golden has earned certification as a Solar Friendly Community for adopting leading best practices designed to make it faster, easier and more affordable for its residents to go solar.

 

Golden adopted enough of the solar streamlining recommendations to earn silver designation, and becomes the 13th Colorado community to be recognized since the program began in 2012.

 

The City will be honored at a regular City Council meeting March 13 with the presentation of a road sign and a plaque to leaders. (more…)



Superior Earns Recognition as Solar Friendly Community

January 27, 2014

Superior, CO — The town of Superior has earned certification as a Solar Friendly Community for adopting leading best practices designed to make it faster, easier and more affordable for its residents to go solar.

 

Superior adopted enough of the solar streamlining recommendations to earn silver designation, and becomes the 12th Colorado community to be recognized since the program began in 2012.
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Pikes Peak Regional Building Department

October 30, 2013

Colorado’s Five Largest Cities Now on Board with Policies that Streamline Solar

 

Colorado Springs, CO – The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department has earned Silver Level certification through the Solar Friendly Communities program for adopting best practices in solar permitting and inspections. The regional agency, which oversees building regulations for El Paso  County, Colorado Springs and the smaller cities of Fountain, Manitou  Springs, Green Mountain Falls, Monument and Palmer Lake will be  recognized at the October 23 Building Commission meeting. 

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Solar Contributes $1.42 Billion to Colarado Economy

October 17, 2013

Denver, CO — Colorado’s solar industry has contributed $1.42 billion to the state’s economy since 2007, according to the most comprehensive study yet on the statewide impact of solar energy development.  The solar photovoltaic (PV) industry has created  approximately 10.700 full-time equivalent jobs with employee earnings of more than $534 million since widespread solar development began in 2007, the study found.  The impacts are based on the installation of nearly 250 MW of cumulative installed solar PV capacity by the first quarter of 2013.  
 
Results are detailed in “An Assessment of the Economic, Revenue, and Societal Impacts of Colorado’s Solar Industry” prepared by The Solar Foundation, a national non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. (more…)



Lafayette Wins Gold Recognition

October 14, 2013

Lafayette, CO  – The City of Lafayette has been certified as a Gold Level Solar Friendly Community by an innovative partnership between local governments and the solar industry. The certification is bestowed upon communities who are leaders in adopting best practices in permitting, inspection, planning and public education to help residents go solar. The Solar Friendly Communities Program awards points toward certification based on the “12 Best Practices: A Roadmap to a Solar Friendly Community.”

 

Lafayette becomes the ninth Colorado community to earn this designation, and only the third — along with Denver and Fort Collins– to earn gold level certification. Lafayette accumulated 1225 points out of a total of 1600.

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Parker Earns Certification as Solar Friendly Community

September 21, 2013

Parker, CO — The town of Parker has earned Bronze Level certification as a Solar Friendly Community for adopting best practices in solar permitting.

 

The town will be recognized with a road sign and a plaque October 21 at a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees starting at 7 p.m. at the town hall. Parker residents will be eligible for a $500 discount on residential systems if they do business with an installer that has chosen to be part of the Solar Friendly Communities Discount Program.
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