Pueblo County recognized as one of the nation’s most solar-friendly communities

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Pueblo County was recently recognized for being one of the most solar-friendly communities in the U.S. by a program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The County was awarded a Bronze SolSmart plaque on Wednesday, Dec. 13 for the County’s work to remove barriers to solar growth.

“We have worked very hard to make it fast, easy, and affordable to go solar in Pueblo County. Hopefully, this award and designation will send a signal to solar companies, both commercial and residential, that Pueblo County is open for solar business,” said Pueblo County Commissioner Terry Hart.

Pueblo County achieved SolSmart bronze designation by meeting objective criteria to show they have removed obstacles to solar energy growth. This included evaluating local processes for permitting, planning and zoning, and market development and finance.

According to SolSmart, Pueblo County gets seven percent more sun than the world leader in solar — Berlin, Germany — and is 99 percent as sunny as the sunniest city in the nation — Yuma, Arizona.

During the month of Nov. 2017, Pueblo had more than 20 days with high temperatures of 60-degrees or greater.

The commercial solar industry has already been heating up in Pueblo County. Pueblo County is already home to the largest solar farm east of the Rocky Mountains and has been considering an offer to build the world’s largest solar farm on Pueblo County soil.

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