31 May '11, 4pm

Has Vermont Solved the Solar Permitting Problem?: In the world of solar module manufacturing, potential saving...

Has Vermont Solved the Solar Permitting Problem?: In the world of solar module manufacturing, potential saving...

photo by chensiyuan, creative commons, wikimedia In the world of solar module manufacturing, potential savings of a few pennies per watt is a big deal and calls for massive engineering efforts. But installation costs for solar can be reduced by 50 cents per watt simply by harmonizing the solar permitting process from town to town, according to a recent report to the DOE from solar leasing firm SunRun . The report claims that inconsistencies in permitting can cost consumers up to $2,500 on a 5-kilowatt rooftop solar system. SunRun also said that the wasted money from permitting inefficiencies "looks like a $1 billion tax on solar over the next five years." The cost stems from the time spent by installers in getting the building, zoning, and fire department permits, waiting for inspection, dealing with changes -- and losing customers in the process. The report also adds that...

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