Altavista awarded for advancing solar energy growth

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ALTAVISTA, Va. (WFXR) – The Town of Altavista is receiving a Bronze designation from SolSmart for making it faster, easier and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar.

This designation recognizes Altavista for taking long strides in encouraging solar energy growth and remove obstacles to solar development.

SolSmart is lead by the Solar Foundation and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office.

Over 370 cities, counties and small towns have achieved SolSmart designation since the program debuted in 2016.

As a SolSmart designee, Altavista is helping solar companies greatly reduce the cost of installation and pass those savings on to consumers. This allows even more local homes and businesses to obtain affordable, clean and reliable electricity through solar. The actions the town has taken will help to encourage solar companies to do business in the area, during economic development and creating local jobs.

In order to receive designation, towns, cities, and counties make changes to their local processes in order to reduce the time and money it takes to install a solar energy system. This includes evaluating local permitting processes, as well as planning and zoning procedures. SolSmart designees also develop innovations in areas such as market development and finance.

Altavista’s website has been updated to provide citizens and business owners with information on the benefits of solar systems, tax incentives and job training/educational opportunities which can be found by clicking here.

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