Solar Ready II – Best Management Practices

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Best Management Practices

The best management practices displayed below are  aimed at assisting the SRII team’s regional planning councils and their local governments who are implementing solar energy BMPs and other proven strategies, including zoning code improvements, solar access ordinances, building code improvements, streamlined and standardized permits and fees, financing, and many more. Click HERE to view the Solar Ready II Overview: Best Management Practices for Solar Installation Policy.

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Planning Improvements

Step 1: Zoning Code Improvements
Step 2: Enable Solar Access
Step 3: Building Code Improvements

Process Improvements

Step 1: Streamline Permits
Step 2: Standardized Permit Fees
Step 3: Pre-Qualify Plans and Installers

Financing

Step 1: Engage Local Lenders
Step 2: Enact a Solarize Campaign

 

Planning Improvements

WHY? Planning improvements codify and emphasize a jurisdiction’s support of a building owner’s right to use solar. Removing local ordinance barriers, adopting facilitating codes and enabling solar access in new developments fosters a community that supports individual choice.

 

Step 1: Zoning Code Improvements

PL 1-A: Address Solar in the Zoning Code and Adopt a Solar Ordinance

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Step 2: Enable Solar Access

PL 2-A Adopt a Solar Access Ordinance

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PL 2-B Engage Homeowners Associations

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Step 3: Building Code Improvements

PL 3-A Develop Solar Ready Guidelines

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PL 3-B Adopt a Solar Ready Ordinance

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Process Improvements

WHY? Process improvements are one of the fastest and most effective means to facilitate solar installations. Streamlining permitting, offering a centralized location for information that clearly explains the process, standardizing permit fees, and pre-qualifying plans and installers will make the process clear and seamless.

 

Step 1: Streamline Permits

PR 1-A Develop criteria for expedited process

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PR 1-B Create a permit checklist

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PR 1-C Provide a central information source

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Step 2: Standardized Permit Fees

PR 2-A Fixed fees for residential permits

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PR 2-B Calculator for commercial permits

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Step 3: Pre-Qualify Plans and Installers

PR 3-A Pre-qualify installers

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PR 3-B Pre-qualify electrical plans

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Financing

WHY? Financing options are key to increasing the amount of installed solar. While in some areas of the country the falling cost of solar has reached “grid parity,” in many places the up-front cost of solar is still a barrier to more widespread adoption. Financing options increase the affordability of solar and can make solar an attractive investment. Evaluating local soft costs, engaging lenders, and launching Solarize campaigns all help to make solar energy more affordable and accessible.

 

Step 1: Engage Local Lenders

F 1-A Provide resources and host a workshop for lending institutions

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Step 2: Enact a Solarize Campaign

F 2-A Launch a Solarize Campaign

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F 2-B Partner with local Lenders

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Contact Information

Email Mia Colson or call 202.986.1032, x218

 

 

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