California cities and counties now required to switch to instant, online residential solar permitting by 2024

The Solar Access Act bill implements instant, online solar permitting in cities and counties in California.

Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s legislation, SB 379, the Solar Access Act, passed both houses of California’s legislature and was signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The bill implements instant, online solar permitting in cities and counties. This legislation will greatly decrease approval times for residential solar and solar + storage systems, cut permitting costs for local governments and homeowners and help California meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. SB 379 is co-sponsored by SPUR and Environment California. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) is a coauthor of the bill.

Climate change is a dire threat, and California must accelerate its transition to clean energy in order to meet its target to become carbon neutral by 2045. Widespread installation of residential solar systems has helped push California towards these goals. However, while the cost of solar technology has decreased in recent years, the high costs associated with installation — including local permitting and inspection requirements — have remained prohibitive for many. Delays due to long permit and inspection wait times also hurt solar implementation across the state. Automated permitting solves both of these issues; the Solar Access Act will allow California to implement a timely and comprehensive solution.

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Source: Solar Power World

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