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CITY OF MERIDIAN
MEDIA RELEASE: Wednesday, April 20, 2022
CONTACT: BreAnna Clifford, Communication Specialist, bclifford@meridiancity.org


City of Meridian Achieves Bronze SolSmart Solar Energy Designation


MERIDIAN – The City of Meridian was recognized as a SolSmart Bronze community for implementing best practices to make it faster, easier, and more affordable for homes and businesses to install and access solar energy.

City staff worked to streamline solar permitting by developing a comprehensive solar energy application checklist and making information to the public and solar installers easy to find on the webpage. Staff also participated in a solar industry Best Practices training to help the City achieve this Bronze SolSmart designation. This effort aligns with Meridian’s Clean Energy Resolution supporting Idaho Power’s goal of reaching 100% clean energy by 2045, and the timely, solution-oriented service of the Meridian Way.

“Working together with our business community to improve our processes makes it easier for our staff and solar installers, which is a win for all involved,” said Mayor Robert Simison, “As partners, we can help the end-user achieve their goals faster while bringing clean energy to Idaho.”

SolSmart is a national designation and technical assistance program funded through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office that recognizes cities and counties for removing unnecessary obstacles to solar energy development. Launched in 2016, the program supports solar energy adoption for residents and businesses.
 
Communities must meet requirements across five categories of the SolSmart Designation Criteria: Permitting and Inspection, Planning and Zoning, Government Operations, Community Engagement, and Market Development to qualify for SolSmart designation.
 
“The SolSmart designation builds on an already active solar installation market making it an easier choice for our businesses and residents to make the investment in clean energy,” said Environmental Programs Coordinator Jason Korn.
 
Korn spoke to Meridian City Council last night about this award, for more information and to view his presentation visit here.
 
For more information on Meridian’s designation as a Bronze community and to find resources for going solar, visit the solar resource webpage. The website also provides information on policies and processes, fee calculations, and system installation.
From left: Tyler Perot, Caleb Hood, Mindi Wallace, Jason Korn, Mayor Simison, and Bruce Freckleton
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The City of Meridian is located in the heart of the Treasure Valley in southwest Idaho. Founded in 1893 and incorporated as a city in 1903, Meridian is one of Idaho's largest and fastest growing communities. 24/7 Wall Street named Meridian the Number One Place to Live in America. America's Promise Alliance/ING recognized the city as one of the nation's 100 Best Communities for Young People. For more information, visit www.meridiancity.org.
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