In 2017, The City of Athens is seeking bronze designation from the Solar Foundation's Solsmart Program ( The Solsmart Program aims to reduce the total cost of solar development by addressing solar 'soft costs', or the price for administrative and business costs that often add time and money to a solar installation. By achieving bronze designation, the City of Athens proclaims that it is ready for solar development!

This Step-by-Step Solar Guide was created to assist local residents and contractors with the process of installing solar. Use this guide to learn the basics about solar permitting, financing, and installation.

The City of Athens makes it simple to apply for a solar permit. Click here to view the solar permitting checklist.

Contact: Sarah Conley-Ballew, Solsmart Advisor at

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