27 Apr '15, 2pm

Listen Up: Paperwork Makes Solar Much More Expensive

Amazingly, it boils down to the difference between a one page incentive application in Germany for the installation of a standardized system that does not even require an inspection...compared to hundreds of pages of permits, applications and agreements coupled with multiple inspections and jurisdictional requirements that are required in the U.S. Although equipment costs are coming down slowly and installers are getting more efficient, there are still jurisdictions that are piling on requirements and paperwork instead of streamlining the process. These high costs are the result of poor policies, not technology or worker productivity. In the U.S. there are over 18,000 cities and 3,000 utilities that enforce their own requirements for rooftop solar. In German there is one consistent set of requirements (including financing). To reduce residential installation costs we need ...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2015...

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