SolSmart is a national designation program, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative through the Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities (SPARC) initiative, designed to recognize communities that have taken key steps to address local barriers to solar energy and foster the growth of mature local solar markets.

The SolSmart program primarily seeks to address “solar soft costs,” or business process or administrative costs that can increase the time and money it takes to install a solar energy system — costs which are then passed on to solar customers. While only certain local government procedures (such as permitting, planning, and zoning) are the source of some soft costs, local governments are in a unique position to reduce soft costs and take action to promote the use of solar locally.

MREA was awarded a contract through the SolSmart program to act as a statewide Advisor for Montana. Through this role, we work to engage communities across the state to provide technical assistance and facilitate the process of achieving SolSmart Designation.

MREA is currently working with:

  • City of Bozeman
  • City of Helena – Achieved SolSmart Silver
  • City of Missoula – Achieved SolSmart Silver
  • City of Red Lodge
  • City of Whitefish
  • Missoula County – Achieved SolSmart Bronze

If you are interested in getting your community involved, please reach out to MREA.