The Solar Foundation named Denton to the bronze level of its SolSmart program for making it faster, easier and more affordable to install solar panels on homes and businesses.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, the program began in 2016 with the leadership of the International City/County Management Association. Nearly 150 cities and counties have achieved a bronze, silver or gold designation in the program.
The SolSmart Bronze designation signals that Denton is "open for solar business," according to a city press release. Denton is among 61 cities and counties with a bronze designation, including Cedar Hill and Plano. Other Texas cities with designations include San Antonio (silver), Austin and El Paso (both gold).
"Our city has made a commitment to renewable energy and sustainable practices and this award shows how we are making that commitment a reality," said DME's new general manager, George Morrow, in a prepared statement.
The city is scheduled to receive the award during a formal presentation to the City Council on Jan. 9.