Kansas City is one of 14 cities nationally, along with Gladstone and Columbia in Missouri, to be given top recognition for making it faster, easier and cheaper to do solar energy installations.
The SolSmart program, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, recognized cities Monday across the country that are “open for solar business,” reducing soft costs and helping to attract solar industry investment.
Cities getting gold designation were Kansas City, Gladstone and Columbia in Missouri, along with Austin, Texas; Boulder and Fort Collins in Colorado; Hartford, Conn.; Milwaukee; Minneapolis; Satellite Beach, Fla.; and Fremont, San Carlos, Santa Monica and Santa Rosa, Calif. Other communities received silver or bronze designation.
Kansas City Chief Environmental Officer Dennis Murphey said Kansas City municipal government in recent years has revised its development code and simplified its permitting process, making it easier for solar installers to get city approvals to do business.
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