Climate Program manager Dr. Pamela Braff and 10-year-old climate volunteer Jackson Fox presented the designation at the Olympia City Council meeting on Tuesday, September 20.
The SolSmart program, which started in 2016, is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
According to Braff, the SolSmart program recognizes cities, counties, and regional organizations for addressing and reducing the barriers for the community to have easier and faster access to solar energy.
"The gold designation is the top award that you can get. I believed [Olympia] is the fourth city in the Washington State to achieve this SolSmart Gold designation," she said.
Braff said the city took about 30 to 40 actions to achieve the designation. She said, among the steps taken by Olympia, include:
Braff said the city took steps this year to accelerate the application process. "It is a single-permit application for a single inspection for most residential rooftop solar. You can get that reviewed within two days."
Braff also presented a Youtube video of a solar tour in the city, presented by Jackson Fox.
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