La Crosse receives SolSmart Silver designation

The City of La Crosse is being recognized for taking steps to encourage the growth of solar energy.

La Crosse received a SolSmart Silver designation, an honor for making it faster, easier, and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar.

SolSmart is led by The Solar Foundation and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. More than 300 cities, counties, and small towns have achieved SolSmart designation since the program launched in 2016.

As a SolSmart designee, La Crosse is helping solar companies greatly reduce the cost of installations 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 La Crosse has taken will help encourage solar companies to do business in the area, driving economic development and creating local jobs.

On November 14, the Common Council adopted a solar zoning ordinance that permits solar panels as an accessory use in all zoning districts, which means they can be put on roofs or the ground on any lot or building.

“We’re hoping that with this designation more business and building owners and home-owners will take advantage of the lower costs of installing solar panels, and be confident that the city is supportive of that and will help them through the process,” said Environmental Planner for the City of La Crosse, Lewis Kuhlman.

The SolSmart Silver designation is also a signal that La Crosse is “open for solar business.”

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