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SolarPermit.org as a Catalyst for Reform: Early Impacts and Successes

Webinar Archive

The National Solar Permitting Database at www.SolarPermit.org was recently redesigned to incorporate feedback from dozens of stakeholders who had 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 highlights the type of data that has been collected and the tools that allow installers, AHJs, and others to use, share, and verify the information in the database. The webinar also provides 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 have learn how to use the database for their businesses and drive change in their respective jurisdictions.

Attendees have...

  • Learned how to use the database to reduce cost associated maintaining and complying with various permitting requirements.
  • Learned new features that will enable to installers to receive updates on permitting and inspection changes and avoid costly errors and rework
  • Reviewed 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.
  • Heard testimonials from installers on the key benefits of solarpermit.org and how to integrate the tool with daily operations.

Who Should View

  • Residential solar installers
  • Authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs)
  • Grassroots and advocacy groups promoting solar
  • Industry stakeholders looking to reform policies at state and local levels

 

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