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

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 Permitting & Inspection Webinar Series

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 will review the components of rooftop solar permitting processes, and share best practices and tools for improving them.

Streamline Permitting and Inspection Processes Toolkit

Streamlining a region’s permitting processes for solar installation can reduce costs and confusion by providing clearly defined requirements, expedited processing for solar installations and the option to submit paperwork online. This toolkit created by the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) provides step-by-step instructions on getting started on streamlining your region’s solar permitting process. Click HERE Read More »

Harmonizing Solar PV Permitting and Interconnection in Santa Clara, CA

Local governments with municipal utilities are uniquely positioned to perform permitting, inspection and interconnection (PII) reviews in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Since the entire process is managed by the same municipal government, there exists an excellent opportunity to coordinate the permitting, inspection and interconnection process.

Harmonizing Interconnection and Permitting Processes: Vermont Public Service Board

The “Harmonizing Interconnection and Permitting Processes: Vermont Public Service Board” Case Study provides an overview of the State of Vermont’s harmonized permitting, inspection and interconnection (PII) review process for all residential-scale PV systems under 10kW.

Long Island Unified Solar Permitting Initiative: Suffolk & Nassau Counties

The Long Island Unified Solar Permitting Initiative (LIUSPI) was launched in 2009 by the Suffolk County Planning Commission and the Nassau County Planning Commission. Prior to this effort, Long Island’s solar installation permitting process had a different set of regulations for each town and village, creating confusion, delays and extra costs. The committee proposed an expedited Read More »

Mid-America Regional Council: Solar Ready KC Initiative

This case study highlights the Solar Ready KC initiative, a partnership between the Mid America Regional Council (MARC) and city and county governments, solar industry experts and Kansas City Power & Light. Best management practices (BMPs) for solar in the Kansas City region, including permitting process improvements and planning improvements, are also a focus, as 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 »

Efficient Solar Permitting

As part of the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, ICLEI and IREC hosted half-day workshop on April 4th, 2013 to provide technical assistance to local government officials in California’s Mono and Alpine Counties, Mammouth Lakes, CA and surrounding communities who are interested in learning about ways to improve their permitting processes for solar facilities.