27 Apr '15, 2pm

Is Standardized Permitting Solar's Next Big Industry Breakthrough?

Is Standardized Permitting Solar's Next Big Industry Breakthrough?

Cutting costs has been the key to solar’s rapid expansion this decade. The lion’s share of cost reductions in the solar industry has come from reductions in module prices. The $4 per watt you’d have paid in 2006 for modules alone gets you the entire residential solar system installed today. And then along came third party financing which made solar available to all. The $20,000 or $30,000 a homeowner once needed to pay for a solar system can now be afforded through a car-like low monthly payment. So what’s next for the industry’s next big cost breakthrough? With technology costs down, financing improvements up, and a solar system turned on every 2.5 minutes in America, standardizing solar permitting is poised to be one of the solar industry’s next big breaks. Regulations Matter A recent Lawrence Berkeley National Lab report, “How Much Do Local Regulations Matter? ,” notes ...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2015/04...

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