Due to their advancements in the use of solar energy and steps taken to remove obstacles of solar development, the City of Lebanon has received an award from SolSmart. SolSmart is an organization funded by the US Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. The foundation is run by The Solar Foundation and the International City/County Management Association. The foundation monitors cities and then awards points based on a municipality's efforts in removing obstacles that prevent solar energy development.
The City of Lebanon's page reads, "Lebanon is the first municipality in New Hampshire, and only the second in northern New England, to receive a Bronze designation from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SolSmart program." Burlington, VT is the only other city to receive a similar award in all of Northern New England.
Lebanon earned this designation by reducing the installation costs to solar companies, "streamlining the solar permitting process," and taking many other steps toward assisting the development of solar energy throughout the city. The progress they have made has allowed solar companies to increase their business in the city, which has, in turn, increased jobs and promoted economic development.
The City of Lebanon expects to quickly advance their Bronze status to a Silver, and then Gold, status. The city has become an excellent example to other towns in the region because of their progressive solar energy efforts. Kudos, Lebanon! Keep up the great work!
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