A U.S. Department of Energy-funded program called SolSmart recognized Will County as one of 158 communities representing 52 million people for “making it faster, easier and cheaper to go solar.”
Will County was designated as a Gold SolSmart community. SolSmart uses objective criteria regarding permitting, inspection, planning, construction codes, community engagement, zoning and development regulations to determine if communities have met goals to achieve Gold, Silver or Bronze awards.
SolSmart recognizes communities for streamlining burdensome requirements and taking other steps to encourage solar development and become “open for solar business” according to SolSmart's website.
Communities can get help through no-cost technical assistance from a team of national experts to evaluate programs and practices that impact solar markets and identify high-prospect opportunities for improvement through the program.
SolSmart is also led by the International City/County Management Association and the Solar Foundation.