KEARNEY — Kearney has been designated as SolSmart Bronze, marking the 200th government nationwide to be recognized under the SolSmart program, which provides no-cost technical assistance to help communities go solar.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office and led by The Solar Foundation and the International City/County Management Association, SolSmart launched in April 2016.

“Local governments that meet objective criteria are designated SolSmart Gold, Silver or Bronze, a signal that the community is open for solar business. Every local government in the United States is eligible to receive no-cost technical assistance to achieve designation by SolSmart,” a release from the organization states.

Kearney provides a streamlined permitting pathway for small PV systems with a turnaround time of less than three days. The community also provides local developers with solar-ready construction guidelines, enabling lower costs for future solar installations, according to SolSmart.

“Local governments are on the front lines of our national clean energy transformation, taking bold action to cut costs and expand solar energy use,” said Andrea Luecke, president and executive director of The Solar Foundation, in a release. “SolSmart has helped 200 local governments and counting reduce administrative hurdles to solar, making them more resilient, more competitive and well-positioned to attract new jobs and economic growth.”

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