Fees, delays and non-standard practices associated with the local permitting process are adding unnecessary costs to solar energy in communities across America. Fortunately, local governments have the power to cut through the permitting red tape and become solar champions.


  • The DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will provide an overview of permitting and other solar “soft” costs;
  • Clean Power Finance will show you how to use the National Solar Permitting Database (NSPD), a FREE, community online tool that compiles solar permitting requirements around the nation in one single easy-to-use website;
  • The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) will dive deeper into the nine permitting best practices for affordable solar;
  • Vote Solar will introduce Project Permit, a new website that uses both of those valuable resources to grade cities’ solar permitting practices and empower citizens like you to improve them.