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Model Ordinances for Solar

With increases in solar energy development throughout the country, there is an increased need for common sense land use regulations for solar energy systems. By developing model ordinances for solar, regions can provide a needed service to their communities, while also creating an opportunity that supports solar deployment- all at minimal cost.  This presentation created Read More »

Solar Permitting Workshop – Westchester, NY

As part of the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, ICLEI and IREC hosted half-day workshop on May 1, 2013 to provide technical assistance to local government officials in Westchester County, NY and surrounding communities who are interested in learning about ways to improve their permitting processes for solar facilities. Targeting Planning and Building Department Staff and Municipal Sustainability Committee Members, the workshop covered Read More »

Technical Report: Model Interconnection Procedures

IREC’s “Model Interconnection Procedures” synthesizes best practices in interconnection from across the country into model interconnection procedures.

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Technical Report: Net Metering Model Rules

This IREC report presents the most effective net-metering policies with a focus on the size of systems eligible for net metering, program capacity caps, and treatment of annual excess generation.

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Technical Report: Expedited Permit Process for PV Systems

In this report, Solar ABCs presents its recommendations to local governments concerning the expedited permit process for small-scale photovoltaic (PV) systems and provides step-by-step guidelines explaining how to effectuate the necessary adjustments.

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Technical Report: Sharing Success: Emerging Approaches to Efficient Rooftop Solar Permitting

This IREC report examines ways for both local governments and solar energy system installers to mitigate costs associated with the solar permitting process, focusing on three main areas: the pre-application period, application submition and review, and inspections. The report also contains specific examples of legislation designed to streamline solar permitting.

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Technical Report: A Comprehensive Review of Solar Access Law in the United States

This guide from Solar America Board of Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs) provides a comprehensive review of solar access laws in the US, as well as a model statute and ordinance (page 12), both of which serve to help local governments in drafting their own solar access laws.

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Technical Report: The Pennsylvania Model Ordinance

The Pennsylvania Model Ordinance (found on page 12 of the pdf linked below) provides a model for local governments establishing reasonable standards in their development of small-scale solar. These standards center on permitting, height restrictions, and design and installation requirements.

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