The City of Fairfax has received a bronze designation from the national program SolSmart for taking bold steps to encourage solar energy and removing obstacles to solar development.
Officials said what the award really comes down to is growth.
“It’s about creating jobs. It is about creating sustainable energy, and it is a good way of benchmarking yourself against other leaders in the country,” said Robert Lazaro, Director, Northern Virginia Regional Commission.
Officials said these actions help more homes and businesses get affordable, clean and reliable electricity through solar energy.
“Over the years, we have been making our community more solar-friendly and environmentally stable by adopting programs and practices that make it easier, cheaper and faster for homeowners and residents to go solar,” said Stefanie Kupka, Sustainability Coordinator, Northern Virginia Regional Commission.
SolSmart awarded points based on the city’s actions in reducing barriers to solar energy development and evaluated the city’s efforts in helping solar companies reduce the cost of installations to ultimately benefit consumers.
“Some of the actions that we have taken are hosting solarized campaigns, streamlining our permitting process, training staff on solar best practices and reviewing our zoning ordinance and planning documents for best ways to incorporate solar throughout the city,” said Kupka.
“They are gold in my book! They are doing a great job,” added Lazaro.