Increased energy efficiency in local development

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Council Goal

Develop and approve strategies for increased energy efficiency in local development 

Goal Champion

John Richardson, Planning Manager for Sustainability


  • SolSmart Designation - The Town of Chapel Hill has joined SolSmart, a national program that provides the Town and its partners--the Town of Carrboro and Orange County--with official recognition and expert technical assistance to help each of the communities expand solar development at the local level. To receive SolSmart designation, communities must take action to reduce solar “soft costs,” which are non-hardware costs that can increase the time and money it takes to install a solar energy system. Reducing these costs leads to savings that are passed on to consumers. Examples of soft costs include planning and zoning; permitting, interconnection, and inspection; financing; customer acquisition; and installation labor. As SolSmart Advisor, the NC Clean Technology Center (formerly NC Solar Center) provided technical assistance for the project. The SolSmart program is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative.

Current Status

  • The six-month technical assistance process began in February, 2017 and the Town received Gold Level Designation in August. 

Last Updated

  • November 7, 2017



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