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Published on June 14th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown


Project Permit Exposes Grey Areas Of Solar Permitting

June 14th, 2013 by  

When pondering the installation of solar panels, some of the greatest grey areas are related to labor and permitting costs. Fortunately, a new project/website has a solution to the permitting issues.

Screenshot of Project Permit website.

Screenshot of Project Permit website.

The ease of obtaining a permit to install solar panels is dependent on how solar-friendly your region is, but how does one know? In order to determine how solar-friendly the region in which you want to install solar panels is, you have to do a lot of digging to find out what other people had to go through to install their panels.

Project Permit aims to streamline that process with the implementation of an interactive map which shows you the ease of solar permission by geographic region.

It enables you to pass your eyes over a map of an entire country in seconds and find the easiest place to obtain a permit.

Also, it’s important that you contribute your own input if you’ve gone through the process, so that you can help provide others with useful information.

Apart from all that, there is a bigger issue at play. Along with the fact that it shows you in which areas not to install solar panels, it also helps to raise awareness of red tape and unacceptable restrictions, so that people will work to correct them.

Aesthetically, it is also very professional. Check it out: Project Permit

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  • JamesWimberley

    You might have mentioned that this is a purely US initiative. Fair enough, as there’s no international dimension in red tape (apart from learning from the Germans). Still, yours is an international site, and I enjoy in particular the regular contributions on Australia.

  • Ivor O’Connor

    The map is interesting. It needs more crowd sourcing though. I’ll bookmark it.

  • Ivor O’Connor

    I thought only English used the “colour grey” and that all Americans used the “color gray”?

    • i think Americans use both. but in any case, Nicholas is Jamaican…

    • Bob_Wallace

      Gray and grey are different spellings of the same word, and both are used throughout the English-speaking world. But gray is more common in American English, while grey is more common in all the other main varieties of English. In the U.K., for instance, grey appears about twenty times for every instance of gray. In the U.S. the ratio is reversed.

      Both spellings, which have origins in the Old English grǽg, have existed hundreds of years.1 Grey gained ascendancy in all varieties of English in the early 18th century, but its dominance as the preferred form was checked when American writers adopted gray about a century later. As the Ngram below shows, this change in American English came around 1825. Since then, both forms have remained fairly common throughout the English-speaking world, but the favoring of gray in the U.S. and grey everywhere else has remained consistent.

      Both spellings are used for the participles, grayed/greyed andgraying/greying, as well as for most of the words and phrases involving gray/grey. For instance, grey area/gray area, referring to an area having characteristics of two extremes, is commonly spelled both ways. So is graybeard/greybeard, referring to an older man with a beard, and gray squirrel/grey squirrel (which refer to closely related types of squirrels on opposite sides of the Atlantic). There are at least a couple of exceptions, though: greyhound, for the breed of dog, always has an e,while grayling, which refers to several types of fish, always has an a

      Here in the Colonies we tend to spell the shade gray but ride the Greyhound Bus. At the races we bet on the dogs.

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