California To Lower Cost Of Residential Solar

by Ed Tsunoda

A bill headed to the Governor’s desk is California is designed to reduce costs for installing residential solar systems by as much as a thousand dollars. The Solar Permitting Efficiency Act is designed to streamline the process of getting new residential installations approved, to make them faster and less expensive.

Muratsuchi was prompted to create the bill after a visit to Verengo Solar in Torrance last year, where company officials told him permitting processes in some cities and counties add delays to solar installation work.

“They told me that it often takes 65 days to install solar panels on a person’s home, of which 64 of those days are spent wading through the local bureaucracy to get the necessary permits and approvals,” Muratsuchi said at a solar industry lobbying event this month at the state Capitol.
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Muratsuchi and solar industry officials say streamlining the processes throughout the state will reduce those delays, which can be costly. The bill also prohibits homeowner associations from passing restrictions that increase the cost of solar panel systems by more than $1,000.


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