On November 12, 2009, IREC held a webinar on the Expedited Permit Process for Small PV Systems. Click here to download the slides from this webinar.
Local jurisdictions are responsible for establishing the permitting requirements for PV system construction and installation in their territory. While jurisdictions everywhere share most of the same challenges in ensuring the safety of new PV systems, inexperience with PV has led many to implement unnecessarily complex and inconsistent permitting procedures. In some cases, time and expense is added to the project because multiple departments are required to review the same application. This severely inhibits the timely and efficient construction of PV systems.
The Solar America Board for Codes and Standards released a recommended permit process, Expedited Permit Process for PV Systems – A Standardized Process for the Review of Small-Scale PV Systems. This permit process was created to meet the needs of the growing, small-scale photovoltaic (PV) market in the U.S. and is applicable nationwide. It takes advantage of the many common characteristics inherent in most of the small-scale PV systems installed today to streamline both the application and approval of permits.
Bill Brooks is the author of the report and presented this seminar.
About Bill Brooks
Bill Brooks, PE of Brooks Engineering, LLC, has 21 years of experience designing, installing, and evaluating grid-connected PV systems. Over 4,000 installing contractors and 4,000 inspectors have attended his courses throughout the U.S. and abroad. He has authored several widely used publications. Actively involved in the developments of PV codes and standards including IEEE-929 (PV Utility Interconnection) and for NEC Article 690 (Solar Photovoltaic Systems), Mr. Brooks is currently a member of NEC Code Making Panel 4. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina and California.