05 May '11, 6pm

Colorado Legislature Cuts Permit Fees for Solar Installations

Colorado Legislature Cuts Permit Fees for Solar Installations

In what will likely become a new national model for lowering solar fees, the Fair Permit Act flew through the legislature by surprisingly large majorities, passing the Colorado Senate on a 33-2 vote and through the House 64-1. The bipartisan legislation was sponsored by Representative Bob Gardner, Senator Bob Bacon, and Senator Shawn Mitchell. It now heads to Governor Hickenlooper's desk to be signed into law. Most solar installations require a permit from a local government or state agency, which can add about $2,516 per U.S. residential installation on average and can exceed $100,000 for large-scale installations, according to a recent national study. In Colorado, state permit fees more than doubled last year and local fees and processes vary widely by region. In some communities, government permit costs can exceed the labor costs to install a solar system. "While solar ...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2011...

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