15 Jun '11, 4pm

Colorado Joins Vermont in Solar Permit Price War: We've been actively covering the vexing issue of solar permi...

Colorado Joins Vermont in Solar Permit Price War: We've been actively covering the vexing issue of solar permi...

The Fair Permit Act prevents state and local government agencies from charging excessive permit fees and plan review fees to customers installing solar electric or solar thermal systems. The legislation extends existing caps on solar permit fees through 2018 and closes loopholes to further reduce costs, according to the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA ). According to a recent report to the DOE from solar leasing firm SunRun, inconsistencies in permitting can cost consumers up to $2,500 on a 5-kilowatt rooftop solar system. 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 Germany has a 40 percent installation price advantage over the United States. In Colorado, state permit fees more...

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