Vote Solar’s new and improved Project Permit is launching in June 2013! Bookmark www.projectpermit.org, and check back in June.
When it comes time to install a new solar system, the local permitting process can be a walk in the park or a nasty bureaucratic headache. In 2007, local permitting and inspection added 13% to what a homeowner would spend on solar panels. Today, permitting costs add up to 33% more to a solar system, and within a few years they could add 50%!
Inefficient and costly permitting is becoming a significant barrier to solar energy development. Fortunately, it is a barrier that can be easily reduced by actions at the local level.
Get involved with PROJECT PERMIT and help us improve permitting practices in towns and cities across the U.S.
How does PROJECT PERMIT work?
1. Compile permitting data: We partner with solar supporters across the country to compile data on current permitting practices. You can see how cities measure up against best practices on our interactive permitting map. If you don’t see data entered for your city, please consider helping us gather the information.
2. Grade permitting practices across a state: Once we have enough data gathered to release state specific reports on permitting practices. So far we’ve released reports in Arizona and Colorado and Pennsylvania. Check back soon for more reports.
3. Empower you to improve your city’s permitting practices: If your hometown has high fees or long turn-around times, use our online permitting toolkit to help bring your municipality up to best practices. In the toolkit you’ll find resources to help you work with city officials to make improvements.
Solar Tech’s Solar 3.0: National Platform for Process Innovation.
This DOE-funded outreach initiative aims to lower the soft costs of solar by helping cities streamline and standardize local land use, zoning code ordinances, permitting processes and interconnection rules for distributed solar PV.
Reports & Publications
California’s “Solar Permitting Guidebook.” The guidebook, released by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, describes key steps in the permitting process, and recommends ways to improve local permitting. It also includes several template documents that local governments can customize for their own use.
Solar ABC’s Expedited Permit Process for PV Systems
Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter California Solar Permit Fee Campaign
Network for New Energy Choice’s Taking the Red Tape Out of Green Power