Resources

Permitting

This section includes information and resources on streamlined permitting and permit checklists.

Sharing Success: Emerging Approaches to Efficient Rooftop Solar Permitting

From Sky Stanfield, Erica Schroeder and Thad Culley of Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP comes this report outlining innovative strategies being implemented across the US to increase the efficiency of permitting procedures for rooftop solar systems. The report aims to serve as both a vehicle for discussion of permitting challenges, and as a source of Read More »

Emerging Approaches to Efficient Rooftop Solar Permitting: A Summary

From Sky Stanfield, Erica Schroeder and Thad Culley of Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP comes this report outlining innovative strategies being implemented across the US to increase the efficiency of permitting procedures for rooftop solar systems. The report aims to serve as both a vehicle for discussion of permitting challenges, and as a source of Read More »

A Guide to Preparing Solar Permitting Checklists

Providing clear and accurate information to potential applicants upfront can be a simple and efficient way for municipalities to improve the completeness and accuracy of the permit applications they review. Municipalities across the country have begun creating permitting checklists and more comprehensive guidance documents to assist applicants. IREC created this two-page handout to introduce these Read More »

Project Permit: Best Practices in Solar Permitting with VoteSolar

Working together, IREC and Vote Solar have developed a set of best practices for the solar permitting process that identify nine benchmarks for an efficient solar permitting process. These best practices can be used as a guide for jurisdictions in identifying aspects of their permitting process that may warrant improvement. Project Permit: Solar Permitting Best Read More »

Simplifying the Solar Permitting Best Practices: The Importance of Consistency

Many municipalities and other authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) are facing dramatic increases in rooftop solar permit applications. With this trend expected to continue and spread, streamlining building and electrical permitting processes will become increasingly important to more AHJs. To facilitate such streamlining, IREC and Vote Solar have identified nine Best Practices in Residential Solar Permitting, Read More »

Residential Solar Permitting Best Practices Explained

Produced by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc (IREC) this document provides additional context for these Best Practices including who’s doing what where, along with relevant resources to help communities implement them. For more detail on the examples of where the Best Practices listed here have been implemented as well as additional resources, see Sharing Read More »

Minimizing Overlap in PV System Approval Processes

In this case study, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council Inc. (IREC) examines the steps for obtaining each necessary approval for residential rooftop PV projects in four different markets in the United States to better understand the relationship between the different approval processes and the hitches in each. Minimizing Overlap in PV System Approval Processes Click Read More »

Resources for Solar Powering Your Community

The SolarOPs team created a list of resources to assist local governments and regional councils bolster solar development. The resources include comprehensive guides as well as specific information on solar-ready building design, campaign organizing, zoning codes, expedited permitting, net metering, and interconnection. Click HERE to access the resource list.

Toolkit: Solar Permitting, Inspection, and Interconnection

This toolkit provides clear, efficient and cost effective ways to simplify and streamline solar permitting, inspection and interconnection (PII) procedures. While it targets municipal permit review staff, inspectors, the toolkit should be useful to a diverse audience including other municipal staff, solar installers, and individual and organizations interested in seeing changes to the PII processes in their communities.

Solar Case Study: Summit County, UT

Summit Community Solar (SCS) was a community-driven and local government-supported initiative designed to increase the adoption of residential photovoltaic (PV) solar in Summit County and Park City, Utah between January and November 2013.  SCS combined the financial incentives of bulk purchasing with a streamlined permitting process, contractor preselection, and a robust community outreach effort. Solar Read More »

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