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The Vote Solar Initiative is developing Project Permit, an interactive Website that scores municipal solar permitting practices nationwide. It helps permitting staff, solar advocates, and municipal leaders understand how their city or town’s permitting practices compare with best practices.

Visitors to ProjectPermit.org can view a Solar Permitting Scorecard for their community, and see how their community contrasts with others around the country and with solar permitting best practices. If there is little or no information available for a community, stakeholders can contribute missing information about their communities’ permitting processes through www.solarpermit.org.

Vote Solar and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council have collaborated to release residential solar permitting best practices, used as a baseline comparison for the Solar Permitting Scorecard. The best practices were developed with feedback from the municipal officials and permitting experts.  However, not all officials and experts may agree to all of the recommendations. For example, contrary to the best practices listed, our own PV inspection experts believe that performing more than one inspection, or requiring photos documenting the installation of roof mounted equipment as it is installed,  may allow permitting  officials to perform a more thorough overall inspection.

In addition to contributing data to solarpermit.org, solar stakeholders can help improve solar permitting in their city or town by encouraging officials to establish the solar permitting best practices identified.  We recommend stakeholders make town officials and inspectors aware that a tool like ProjectPermit.org is available, and then allow town officials an opportunity to provide more information about the community’s current solar PV permitting practices, before assuming practices need to be changed.

Vote Solar is a non-profit grassroots organization working to fight climate change and foster economic opportunity by bringing solar energy into the mainstream. Since 2002, Vote Solar has engaged in state, local, and federal advocacy campaigns to remove regulatory barriers and implement key policies needed to bring solar to scale. Project Permits is funded by Solar 3.0, a U.S. Department of Energy Sunshot Initiative grant.

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