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safety;concerns;in;PV;system;design;and;instal-lation. To date, the department has been successful in reducing solar permit costs, providing
for residential solar projects, reaching out to
installers to provide training and information,
enforcement;throughout;San;Jose.;The;city;con-tinues;efforts;to;simplify;permitting;in;coordina-tion with neighboring jurisdictions.
According to Sedwick, these improvements
commercial sectors — the most in the state of
able to claim the number of installations we’ve
seen without the time and effort we invested into
New York City Offers “100 Days of Solar.”
installers conducted by City University of New
solar energy in the city.
It’s a challenging task. Currently, it can take
for a solar installation in the city.
days the amount of time from when a customer
system is connected to the grid and generating
Department of Buildings, the New York State
and the Fire Department to improve inter-agen-cy communication, reduce paperwork and come
ments and shortened the process by about four
weeks. We’re still working on it, and we think we
After a CUNY study uncovered that admin-
SUZANNE OLSEN, MR. SUN SOLAR
Portland enabled installers to email the permit application, eliminating an average three-hour office wait.
Mr. Sun Solar, which installed the solar water system at Headwaters Apartments, above, is one that finds
the city’s process easier than other jurisdictions’.
CIT Y OF SAN JOSE
Staff at the San Jose City Development Services assist customers with PV system permitting. The city
worked with the solar industry to create a permitting and inspection checklist for installers.