Model Solar Permit

The Solar ABCs outlines a standard Expedited Solar Permit for solar PV. The Solar ABCs outlines a standard Expedited Solar Permit for solar PV. Source: Bill Brooks / Solar ABCs

Despite the fact that the solar industry has been around for nearly 50 years, and despite the prevalence of national standards for safety and code compliance for solar, the solar industry faces a patchwork of local solar processes -- in fact, nearly every town, county, state, and utility service territory across the United States has a different set of ordinances, procedures, and regulations for solar.  To help standardize the solar permitting process, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Solar America Board for Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs) developed a model expedited solar permitting process and fillable permit forms to help streamline the process across jurisdictions.  The accompanying report (PDF) provides a detailed overview of solar technologies and standardized permitting approaches. 

The Wasatch Solar Challenge modified the main pages of the Solar ABCs form to include wind and snow load as well as zoning and HOA questions relevant to the permitting process.

Download a copy of the Solar ABCs Expedited Model Permitting Form modified for Utah by the Wasatch Solar Challenge.

Leading the Pack: Utah Communities Streamline Solar

Summit County and Park City are Utah's first two jurisdictions to adopt the Solar ABCs model solar permitting process; and, in doing so, they are cutting costs and red tape for their citizens and attracting new solar business! 

 

 

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