solar permitting

Staff from NREL and GRID Alternatives Colorado install rooftop solar panels during a volunteer event. Residential solar PV installations like these can benefit from NREL’s free SolarAPP+ automated permitting software. Photo by Joe DelNero, NREL.

SolarAPP+ Has Cut 150,000 Business Days of Solar Permitting Process

15,400 Hours of Staff Time Saved and Projects Installed 14 Days Sooner With Automated Solar Permitting Platform Across the United States, rooftop photovoltaic (PV) installations continue to grow, with over 671,000 installs in 2022—and final numbers are expected to be even higher in 2023. Local governments must permit each installation, checking … [continued]

200 Clean Energy Companies Urge Congress to Pass Siting, Permitting, & Transmission Reform Before 2024…

WASHINGTON, D.C. — [This week] nearly 200 solar and storage companies sent a letter to congressional leaders calling for legislation to improve permitting, project siting, transmission, and public lands access for solar and solar plus storage projects. Market forecasts show that a range of policy and economic outcomes will determine the volume … [continued]

Homes with rooftop solar. Photo by Werner Slocum, NREL.

160 Communities Now Automating Solar Permitting with SolarAPP+

More than 160 communities in the United States are now using Solar Automated Permit Processing Plus (SolarAPP+™), a free, online software platform for local governments that standardizes, streamlines, and automates the solar permitting process. The platform has helped local governments approve more than 32,800 projects, saving more than 33,000 hours of … [continued]

Progressive Permitting Reforms Will Accelerate Renewable Energy & Transmission Buildout & Help Meet U.S. Climate…

In order to reach our climate goals of 100 percent carbon-free electricity generation by 2035 and net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economy-wide by 2050, the United States must build renewable energy generators and transmission infrastructure at a rapid rate. The 2022 Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) contains significant federal investments that could … [continued]