Solar Action Alliance has created the Certified Local program to identify and brand local solar and energy-efficiency contractors. The Certified Local (CL) brand gives property owners a means of easily identifying local contractors and service providers, with the goal of encouraging them to choose local businesses for renewable energy and energy efficiency applications large and small.
The Certified Local program is focused on benefitting the local community through increasing local job growth, keeping tax revenues local, increasing profits of local businesses that are more likely to spend locally, encouraging local businesses to purchase from each other, and promoting environmental sustainability – doing business locally means fewer miles driven and reduced emissions. Less travel time also translates into lower overhead expenses for businesses, leading to increased profits.
Local energy businesses interested in pursuing Certified Local designation may contact Solar Action Alliance for an application and more guidelines. The program is expected to roll out in December 2013.