SolarPermit.org as a Catalyst for Reform: Early Impacts and Successes
This Webinar is Public: Free to SEIA members and non-members
Date: Tuesday July 16, 2013
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT
The National Solar Permitting Database at www.SolarPermit.org was recently redesigned to incorporate feedback from dozens of stakeholders who have been beta testing the database since the prototype was launched last fall. SolarPermit.org now houses data on over 5000 AHJs, including in-depth information on the top 750 AHJs that account for over 60% of the residential solar market. Further, new features have been added to allow for more customization and communication using social media mechanisms.
The webinar will highlight the type of data being collected and the tools that will allow installers, AHJs, and others to use, share, and verify the information in the database. The webinar will also provide specific cases on how the database has been used by actual installers to reduce cost and errors associated with permitting and how the solar industry in California has used the database to ensure AHJ compliance with state law SB-1222, which caps permitting fees for most residential installations at $500. Webinar attendees will learn how to use the database for their businesses and drive change in their respective jurisdictions.
- Learn how to use the database to reduce cost associated maintaining and complying with various permitting requirements.
- Learn new features that will enable to installers to receive updates on permitting and inspection changes and avoid costly errors and rework
- Review a specific case study on how solarpermit.org is helping to drive reforms across AHJs in CA and how similar campaigns can be replicated in other states.
- Hear testimonials from installers on the key benefits of solarpermit.org and how to integrate the tool with daily operations.
Who Should Attend
- Residential solar installers
- Authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs)
- Grassroots and advocacy groups promoting solar
- Industry stakeholders looking to reform policies at state and local levels
Sean Milich, Product Manager, Clean Power Finance,
Sean Milich is a Product Manager with Clean Power Finance, a financial services and software provider for the solar industry and capital markets. Sean manages the SolarPermit.org project, focusing on product development and outreach. Prior to joining Clean Power Finance, Sean worked as a Senior Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton in the energy efficiency and international development sectors. Sean graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in economics and environmental studies.
Hollie Valtierra, Manager, Residential Engineering, HelioPower
Hollie Valtierra is the Manager, Residential Engineering at HelioPower, Inc., a full service engineering, procurement and construction company and value leader for residential solar. Hollie started at the ground level within HelioPower running all permits to the proper jurisdictions and has shown the intelligence and drive to move through the ranks as a PV designer and now manages the engineering department including all design and permitting processes across the residential scope. She is currently furthering her education at Grantham University with a B.S. in Engineering Management Technology in order to diversify her previous Architectural background.
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