Permitting at the city or county level is a key step in the deployment of distributed energy resources, especially rooftop solar. Streamlining procedures and enhancing consistency across jurisdictions can help lower costs for developers, local governments and ultimately consumers.
IREC’s foundational work on permitting centers on the identification of best practice examples and strategies to increase transparent and efficient permitting and inspection procedures. IREC’s resources provide more in-depth overviews, case studies, useful checklists and tools to help jurisdictions interested in improving their permitting process.
In addition, through IREC’s Solar Training for Allied Professionals project, supported by the US Department of Energy’s Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) program, IREC is coordinating outreach and developing solar training resources designed to target 100,000 professionals in the building code, inspection and firefighting sectors.