Town of Warwick Solar Initiative

The Town of Warwick joined New York City as the only communities in New York State to receive the SolSmart Gold designation for removing obstacles to solar energy development. SolSmart Gold, the highest designation, includes creating an online permitting checklist, reviewing local zoning codes, allowing solar by-right accessory use, cross-training inspection and permitting staff on solar PV, and providing a streamlined permitting pathway for small PV systems. 

The SolSmart program, an initiative of the U. S. Department of Energy, is designed to help local governments bring new business to their community, promote economic growth and foster the creation of new jobs.  The goal is to make it faster, easier and cheaper to go solar.  The SolSmart Gold designation recognizes that the Town of Warwick is a great place for solar companies to do business. Working with David Katz, a solar ombudsman with Sustainable CUNY, the Town has demonstrated that once again we are a leader in the Hudson Valley in the field of sustainable energy.

Read the Press Release announcing the Town of Warick's SolSmart Gold Status

Read Supervisor Sweeton's letter to the International City/County Management Association and The Solar Foundation.

Find Your Solar Potential

The NYS Solar Guidebook for Governments

 

There are three levels of SolSmart designation for communities – below are the requirements for each:

BRONZE:

  • Provide a Solar Statement outlining your community’s solar goals, and commit to tracking key metrics such as number and capacity of installed Photovoltaic (PV) systems.
  • Fulfill required actions in both of the Foundational Categories:
    • Permitting
    • Planning, Zoning, and Development Regulations
  • Earn at least 20 points in each of the two Foundational Categories (above).
  • Earn a total of 20 points from actions across the six Special Focus Categories: Inspection; Construction Codes; Solar Rights; Utility Engagement; Community Engagement; and Market Development and Finance.

Note: Actions in any of the Special Focus Categories count toward the 20-point target.

Note: Early Adopter communities will receive 10 extra points applied toward a category of their choice.

SILVER:

  • Fulfill the requirements to become a SolSmart Bronze Community.
  • Complete the two Silver-required actions in the Planning, Zoning, and Development Regulations and Inspection categories.
  • Earn 100 points overall from actions taken in any combination of categories.
GOLD:
  • Fulfill the requirements to become a SolSmart Silver Community.
  • Complete the Gold-required action in Permitting.
  • Earn 200 points overall from actions taken in any combination of categories.
SPECIAL AWARDS:
  • Communities that earn 60% of the points in a given category are eligible for special recognition.


See our Building Department page (right sidebar) to download the Permit for Solar Installations

Energize NY - Financing Options for commercial or multi family residential solar

 

"One of the earliest roads through the Warwick valley was the King's Highway, which roughly followed the Waywayanda Path. It was completed in late 1734 and commanded a right-of-way of 220 yards."