The City of Boise is committed to more sustainable energy with solar energy as one of the many options that will help improve our energy future. As a part of this commitment, in 2018, the City of Boise has earned a Gold Designation from SolSmart for making solar energy more readily available and cost efficient in the community.
As a result of streamlining the solar installation process, residents, businesses, and solar companies have invested in solar energy. For Fiscal Year 2021, Residential Solar PV Permits totaled 459 permits and are up 55% over last fiscal year. Commercial Solar PV Permits totaled 4 permits and are down 50% over last fiscal year. Total Solar PV Permits totaled 463 permits and are up 52% over last fiscal year.
In addition to the growth of solar energy within the community, the city is dedicated to installing and maintaining solar power at city-owned facilities to create a more energy efficient system within the city. All new city buildings constructed to the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) and LEED standards have solar energy considered with each new building design.