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DATE: June 5, 2013

TIME: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT/ 10:00 - 11:00 AM PDT


Streamlining Solar Permitting

More than 18,000 municipalities in the U.S. set their own solar permitting requirements. As a result, solar permitting requirements and costs vary dramatically city by city. Solar permitting can either be a walk in the park, or a bureaucratic headache.  Vote Solar is working to streamline the permitting process for residential and commercial solar systems by encouraging adoption of best practices in solar permitting. Our goal is to reduce the time and cost associated with obtaining permits. A streamlined permitting process is an essential ingredient for bringing solar energy to scale in the U.S.




Vote Solar is developing a highly interactive permitting website that catalogs and scores current municipal permitting practices. The website incorporates data on current permitting practices from Clean Power Finance’s (CPF) National Solar Permitting Database (, and scores municipalities on Vote Solar and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s (IREC) nine ‘solar permitting best practices.’ The website will include an education center with resources to empower citizens to streamline permitting practices in their communities.

Funded through Solar 3.0, a DOE SunShot funded collaborative, PROJECT PERMIT leverages and extends related DOE funded permitting initiatives. The website turns permitting data collected by CPF into visual, understandable and actionable information for citizens and policy makers. PROJECT PERMIT can be accessed at, and will also be embedded within Solar 3.0 (



Contact Information

Annie Lappé




June 5, 2013 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm EDT


United States

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