New Online Tool Identifies CA Municipalities Adopting Streamlined Solar Permitting

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California’s local government officials and solar energy contractors seeking details on progress made statewide by cities and counties to create ordinances for expedited solar installation permitting can now find up-to-date information online on the CSE website.

Municipalities throughout the state are working to meet the requirements for adopting streamlined solar permitting processes mandated by AB 2188 as the Sept. 30, 2015, deadline approaches. CSE has created a solar permitting act compliance map that shows the actions each jurisdiction is making.

Solar contractors can use the map to learn if jurisdictions in which they operate have adopted an expedited solar permitting process, as well as gain access to links to ordinances, permitting requirements and expedited solar permitting forms.

AB 2188 requires local ordinances that speed up installation of small rooftop solar photovoltaic systems up to 10 kilowatts, or 30 kilowatts-thermal for solar water heating and other thermal systems. The permitting process must substantially conform to the California Solar Permitting Guidebook. CSE is offering a webinar for city managers and officials to discuss AB 2188 and resources for meeting compliance at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

CSE developed the compliance map with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. The center offers free technical assistance to local jurisdictions and solar contractors to help them understand and implement the process. CSE also offers standardized permitting forms and other training resources.