Streamlined Photo voltaic Allowing App Surpasses 10,000 Photo voltaic Permits
Cumbersome, time-consuming, and dear photo voltaic allowing has been a serious block to higher rooftop solar energy adoption for many years. At the same time as photo voltaic panel prices got here down and photo voltaic allowing was streamlined in different nations, the USA lagged behind in one of the vital elementary parts of the “going photo voltaic” course of. Then it arrived (a bit late) to the “there’s an app for that” get together. Simply earlier than the launch of SolarAPP+, I interviewed Amber D’Ottavio, Vice President of Product Administration at Accela, who was one of many core individuals launching the app in 2021 and shepherding it through to where it is today. I nonetheless suggest that interview for a deep dive into the matter, in addition to a newer one Jo Borras carried out along with her for an replace. See right here (my interview first, Jo’s second):
The information right now, because the headline reveals, is that greater than 10,000 photo voltaic permits have now been processed via SolarAPP+ (10,270 as of the most recent replace from UL Options), and 27 communities are actually utilizing it. In complete, 59,350 kilowatts (or 59.35 megawatts) of rooftop solar energy have been unleashed via SolarAPP+. And the adoption charge is barely growing.
Estimating an hour saved for every allow, UL Options, presumes that the photo voltaic allowing app has saved individuals 10,270 hours of allowing assessment time. UL Options developed the app alongside the U.S. Division of Power’s Nationwide Renewable Power Laboratory (NREL).
UL Solutions highlights its standout metropolis to be used of the rooftop photo voltaic allowing app, Tucson, Arizona. “The Metropolis of Tucson, Arizona, has already issued 3,587 permits utilizing SolarAPP+, leading to 21,584 kilowatts permitted and an estimated 3,659 hours saved on preliminary allow critiques.”
“Providing our photo voltaic installers a approach to self-permit expedites the method,” mentioned Carla Blackwell, director of Pima County, Arizona, Improvement Companies. “Pima County and the Metropolis of Tucson had been early adopters of SolarAPP+. The allow course of used to take a number of days, or weeks in some circumstances, however permits can now be issued the identical day an software is submitted utilizing SolarAPP+.”
So, the app is working. It’s one factor to develop and launch an app. It’s one other for the app to work properly, get rave critiques, and get extensively adopted. Although, it appeared clear from the start that SolarAPP+ would certainly be a winner.
Right here’s only a bit extra concerning the app for individuals who need some extra particulars on what it entails and why it’s so helpful: “Combining the expertise and technical know-how of NREL, UL Options and trade companions with information from taking part native authorities and code officers fashioned the idea for the standardized plan assessment software program. The software program can run compliance checks and automate constructing allow approvals for eligible residential rooftop photo voltaic vitality programs in a matter of minutes. It will probably additionally standardize as much as 90% of system plans.”
“UL Options helps SolarAPP+ as an necessary enabler of safer and cleaner vitality. SolarAPP+ compliance checks are standardized and automatic so that allows for certified tasks could be issued on the identical day, assuaging the executive burden on the native authorities. We’re working collectively with the NREL, the photo voltaic trade and municipalities to allow a quicker, extra environment friendly platform that bridges the hole between security, compliance and residential renewable vitality via SolarAPP+,” mentioned Ken Boyce, senior director of principal engineering within the Testing, Inspection and Certification group at UL Options.
Maybe we should always interview Ken or Carla subsequent.