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Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015

RAPID Solar Toolkit

Working on solar project is a multiyear venture that requires following regulations and gathering permits during each phase of the project. Search below for information overviews on specific topics to discover some of the regulatory nuances for particular jurisdictions. To help navigate the regulatory process and point you toward specific actions and permits, review the detailed flowcharts provided in the flowchart library.

Monday, Jul 13, 2015

Solar Regulations and Permitting RAPID Toolkit

Open Energy Information has a webpage of summaries and flowcharts to navigate solar regulations and permitting. The webpage informs users on land use, land access, power plant, transmission siting and construction, and water use regulations at the Federal level, as well as State level, for California and Nevada.

Monday, Apr 27, 2015

Shared Solar: Current Landscape, Market Potential, and the Impact of Federal Securities Regulation

Analysis from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) finds that by making shared solar programs available to households and businesses that currently cannot host on-site photovoltaic (PV) systems shared solar could represent 32 to 49 percent of the distributed photovoltaic market in 2020.

Monday, Apr 20, 2015

Is Standardized Solar Permitting Next Industry Breakthrough?

Cutting costs has been the key to solar’s rapid expansion this decade. The lion’s share of cost reductions in the solar industry has come from reductions in module prices. The $4 per watt you’d have paid in 2006 for modules alone gets you the entire residential solar system installed today.

Monday, Sep 22, 2014

How Much Do Local Regulations Matter? Exploring the Impact of Permitting and Local Regulatory Processes on PV Prices in the United States

While PV modules and other hardware costs have dropped significantly over recent years, non-hardware soft costs have also fallen, but not nearly as sharply. This research report, authored by experts from Yale University, Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, University of Texas at Austin and the US Department of Energy, focuses on the impacts of city-level permitting and other regulatory processes on residential PV prices in the US. Key Findings:

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013

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

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.

Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012

Utility-Scale Solar Power on Federal Lands Permitting Process

This fact sheet describes the Right-of-Way approval process that federal agencies have developed to authorize use of public lands for utility-scale solar energy developments.

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012

Permitted & Pending Utility-Scale Solar Power Projects on Public Lands

This factsheet provides a list of solar power projects that are pending or have received permits by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

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