The U.S. solar industry could invest in a million more solar roofs over the next five years from the savings gained by making the permitting process faster. Permitting and inspections are notoriously tedious tasks. In the rooftop solar industry, they’re also very costly — even though industry members say they don’t need to be. To fix the issue, the Solar Energy Industries Association and The Solar Foundation today launched the Solar Automated Permit Pro​cessing initiative , which is designed to streamline permitting and slash the cost of installing solar on homes and businesses. The new endeavor comes as one of the largest solar industry conferences in North America, Solar Power International, kicks off this week in Anaheim, California. "Reforming the solar and battery permitting process is one of the most significant steps our country can take to making solar more affordable for all,” said Lynn Jurich, CEO of Sunrun, in a statement. “There is a patchwork of inconsistent permitting procedures and standards across the U.S. and our customers pay the high costs of navigating this system. We have an opportunity to help the industry invest in a million more solar roofs over the next five years from the savings […]

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