Solar Energy

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Solar Energy in Boise

The City of Boise is developing a strategic plan for our energy future, focusing on energy options and goals for municipal facilities and buildings within the community.  In 2018, Boise received a Gold Designation from SolSmart for making solar energy more readily available and cost efficient in the community.

Continuing in our commitment to sustainability, the City of Boise is proud to be recognized as a solar friendly community with a simplified process for businesses and homes to go solar. The city is especially committed to installing and maintaining solar power at city-owned facilities to create a more energy efficient system within the city.

Read the city's official Solar Statement here.

Where Has the City Gone Solar?

In the past year, Boise has permitted 293 solar installations on homes.  Additionally, the city has solar panels at City Hall West, Foothills Learning Center, The Library at Bown Crossing, the Boise Airport and the Twenty Mile Farm.

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Benefits of Going Solar

The City of Boise wants to encourage businesses and residents to explore using solar energy by continually working to improve the permitting and process of solar installations.  These improvements include:

  • Expedited reviews for residential solar PV installations (typically 3 days or less) which can be done over the counter
  • New solar PV submittal checklists for applicants in residential and commercial
  • Residential solar PV systems guide
  • Reduced permit fees for solar PV system installations

Interested in going solar?  Contact PDS at 208-608-7100 to learn more and review the documents below.

Solar Permitting and Policy