Solar Permitting & Inspection Webinar Series Part III

August 27, 2014
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability U.S.A. and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) present a series of three webinars on Solar Permitting & Inspection. As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, the series reviews the components of rooftop solar permitting processes, and shares best practices and tools for improving them.

In the upcoming final session of the series, we’ll take a step back from the previous two sessions and examine how communities can change their permitting processes, with a particular focus on voluntary regional and statewide collaborations.

Reserve your webinar seat now HERE

The first webinar of the series took place on May 29th at 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET and focused on pre-application materials, such as an application checklist and an effective web presence, as well as the permit application submittal and review process.

View webinar presentation slides HERE

View recorded webinar HERE

The second session took place on June 26th at 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET and addressed the inspection component of the process, including inspection scheduling and timing, inspection checklists and inspector training.

View webinar presentation slides HERE

View recorded webinar HERE

These webinars targeted municipal permit review staff and inspectors, but should be useful to a diverse audience, including other municipal staff, solar installers and others in the solar industry, and individuals and organizations interested in seeing changes to the permitting processes in their communities.

Webinar Moderator:

Chad Tudenggongbu, ICLEI – Local Governments For Sustainability USA

Jane Pulaski, Interstate Renewable Energy Council


Sky S.Sky Stanfield is Of Counsel with the law firm of Keyes, Fox & Wiedman, LLP in Oakland, California. Ms. Stanfield’s practice focuses on the intersection between renewable energy regulation and environmental and land use law, with a particular focus on regulatory policy implementation, compliance and permitting processes. On behalf of IREC, Ms. Stanfield works to improve the efficiency and efficacy of the permitting process for distributed generation solar systems. She also is a leading voice for the improvement of interconnection standards and their interaction with the procurement and land use permitting processes in California.

Erica MErica Schroeder McConnell joined Keyes, Fox & Wiedman as an Associate in September 2010. Ms. McConnell is deeply involved in IREC’s efforts to investigate and improve permitting processes for renewable energy systems, a critical component to supporting renewable energy development nationwide. In addition, Ms. McConnell represents IREC in state-level rulemakings on many topic areas essential to building sustainable markets for renewable energy including net metering rules, interconnection standards, and shared renewable energy, sometimes called community renewables.

Don HDon Hughes, Senior Building inspector, Santa Clara County, is a leading expert regarding solar photovoltaic system permitting, inspecting and codes and standards.  With 30 years combined experience as an Electrician, Electrical Inspector and Chief Electrical Inspector he has provided AHJ perspective to the leaders in the effort to facilitate wide scale adoption of solar PV including the United States Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, The California State Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, The Interstate Renewable Energy Council and Underwriter’s Laboratories.  He serves on all U.L. PV standards Technical Panels and is an ICC Certified Inspector and IAEI/ IASET Solar PV Training provider.

Kim K. Kim Kooles, an analyst for Keyes, Fox & Wiedman, researches federal, state, and local incentives and policies that encourage renewables and energy efficiency. Her areas of policy expertise include green building, local government policy, solar policy, and integrating renewables and energy efficnecy into histroic districts. Prior to joining KFW, Kim served as a policy analyst at N.C. State University, where she led research efforts in 14 U.S. states for the nationally recognized DSIRE Project and contributed significantly to the N.C. Solar Center’s role in the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership. Kim also served as a state and local policy program associate for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where she coordinated the organization’s Solar Panel Policy Guidance report.




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Date(s) - August 27, 2014
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm