Permitting at the city or county level is a key step in the deployment of distributed energy resources, especially rooftop solar. Streamlining procedures and enhancing consistency across jurisdictions can help lower costs for developers, local governments and ultimately consumers.
IREC’s resources provide more in-depth overviews, case studies, useful checklists and tools to help jurisdictions interested in improving their permitting process.
In addition, through IREC’s Solar Training for Allied Professionals project, created and supported by the US Department of Energy’s Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) program, IREC develops solar training resources for professionals in the building code, inspection and firefighting sectors. Since its launch in 2016, more than 10,000 code officials and fire fighters have become solar smarter through IREC’s online and live training.
Code officials and authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) provide a critical link in the process of PV installation applications and the permitting process. IREC’s PV Online Training instructs users in reliable field inspection practices and endorses efficient permit processes for residential PV installations.