Permit Process for PV Systems
CMR Solar Energy Integrators follows an U.S. standard report which has been created to meet the needs of the growing, small-scale photovoltaic (PV) market in the U.S. and is applicable nationwide.
It takes advantage of the many common characteristics inherent in most of the small-scale PV systems installed today to streamline both the application and award of permits.
Local jurisdictions are responsible for establishing the permitting requirements for new PV system construction and installation in their territory.
The majority of residential-sized PV systems installed in the United States share many similarities of design. It is the similarity and commonality of these designs that would allow for a nationally standardized expedited permit process for small-scale PV systems.
CMR Solar Energy Integrators permits are base using the nationally standardized Expedited Permit Process. Jurisdictions can be assured that they are consistent in their application of codes and standards. We assured that the requirements for permitting will not vary dramatically among jurisdictions. Both of these assurances result in safe, cost effective installations and accelerate PV technology use. The primary need and use for this process is for systems of less than 15kW maximum power output. The expedited permit process is intended to simplify the structural and electrical review of a small PV system project and minimize the need for detailed engineering studies and unnecessary delays. The majority of PV systems installed in the U.S. meet the elegibility requirements outlined in this process and will benefit from the ease of using a one-page expedited permit form.
CMR Solar Energy Integrators will identify key permit and schedule milestones, and Evaluate on-going status of permits including:
The Solar America Board for Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs) Expedited Permit Process provides a means to differentiate systems that can be permitted quickly and easily due to their similarity with the majority of small-scale PV systems. Those systems with unique characteristics may be handled with small additions to this Expedited Permit Process or may require much more information, depending on the uniqueness of the installation. The Solar ABCs recommends that jurisdictions adopt and use this permit process.
In jurisdictions that have adopted the Expedited Permit Process for PV Systems, the interactive pdf forms contained in this file may be used for preparing permit applications. Guidelines with a full explanation of how to use these forms are available online at www.solarabcs.org/permitting. Tables and diagrams can be filled out electronically and submitted either in printed form or via email to local jurisdictions which accept this form. The electronic format that is used promotes standardization and legibility for the local jurisdiction.
The Solar America Board for Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs) is a collaborative effort among experts to formally gather and prioritize input from the broad spectrum of solar photovoltaic stakeholders including policy makers, manufacturers, system designers, suppliers, installers, electric utilities, and consumers, resulting in coordinated recommendations to codes and standards making bodies for existing and new solar technologies. The U.S. Department of Energy funds Solar ABCs as part of its commitment to facilitate widespread adoption of safe, reliable, and cost-effective solar technologies.
This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy under Award Number DE-FC36-07GO17034.
The information in this guideline is intended to help local jurisdictions and contractors identify when PV system installations are simple, needing only a basic review, and when an installation is more complex. It is likely that 50%-75% of all residential systems will comply with these simple criteria. For projects that fail to meet the simple criteria, resolution steps have been suggested to provide as a path to permit approval.
In order for a PV system to be considered for an expedited permit process, the following must apply:
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