Solar Automated Permit Processing (SolarAPP)
Direct and indirect permitting costs add about $7,000 ($1.00 per watt) to the cost of an average residential solar energy system. That’s roughly equal to a third of the cost of an average-sized residential solar system. These costs include the direct cost of permit application, inspection, and interconnection fees, as well as indirect costs such as physical trips for permitting and inspections, completing and submitting permit applications, and the high cost of losing customers who are frustrated with long government or utility approval times. A one-week delay due to permitting, inspection, and interconnection processes results in a 5-10% client cancellation rate, driving up costs for other customers.
The key to addressing these costs is to make solar installation straight-forward and routine while maintaining the safety and reliability of systems. Specifically, the following actions would help hundreds of thousands more Americans to choose solar and batteries for their homes and businesses over the next five years:
Key elements of the proposed reformed process include:
Questions about SEIA's efforts on residential permitting or want to get more involved? Contact Stephen Pope.