Permitting, Interconnection, and Inspection
Permitting processes for solar projects and installations can involve various local, state, and federal entities—each of which has its own requirements for approval. While every distributed photovoltaic (PV) system must receive a permit from the local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ), utility-scale systems also require state and/or federal permits.
With more than 18,000 AHJs in the United States, installers spend an inordinate amount of time and resources learning their local permitting and inspection process and tailoring their business processes accordingly. The lack of process standardization across AHJs creates major inefficiencies for installers and for the AHJs.
Below are examples of awardees, funded by Sunshot, that are working to reduce permitting, inspection, and interconnection costs:
- Rooftop Solar Challenge
- Boise State University (Solar Projects to Reduce Market Barriers and Non-Hardware Balance of System Costs)
- Clean Power Finance (Solar Projects to Reduce Market Barriers and Non-Hardware Balance of System Costs)
- Concept3D (Incubator 6)
- Simply Civic (Incubator 6)
These awardees are working to reduce balance of systems costs through streamlining and standardizing requirements and application formats across AHJs and utilities, as well as providing improved training for code officials and utility employees.