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.
The Board of Trustees will be honored at a regular town board meeting January 27 with the presentation of a road sign and a plaque.
Superior Mayor Andrew Muckle acknowledged, “We are proud to be recognized for our efforts to encourage renewable energy practices. We will continue to explore how we can expand these programs.”
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 to drive down the costs of solar energy. 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.
Superior joins the City and County of Denver, Aurora, Lakewood, Fort Collins, Arvada, Nederland, Boulder County, Carbondale, Lafayette, Parker and the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department in earning Solar Friendly Communities certification.
Superior is being recognized for earning 1025 points out of a possible 1600 to qualify for Silver Level recognition. The town has worked on a variety of ways to make solar permitting easier including: posting requirements in an online checklist, allowing online permit submission, and offering a short window for scheduling inspections.
“Superior has worked hard to make its permitting and inspection processes more solar friendly and we applaud the town’s efforts,” said Rebecca Cantwell, senior program director for Solar Friendly Communities. “Superior residents are now eligible for the Solar Friendly Communities Discount Program in which participating installers offer $500 discounts to residents.”
While the costs of solar panels have dropped dramatically in recent years, the “soft costs’’ of solar including permitting and inspection now account for up to 60 percent of the total price. By adopting policies that cut the time required to get rooftop solar systems installed, Superior is helping to cut the cost of the systems and making solar more affordable. With interest in solar growing, the streamlined processes will also help the town prepare for greater solar energy demand.
INFORMATION: Rebecca Cantwell – Solar Friendly Communities- (303) 333-7342