Solar Automated Permit Processing (SolarAPP+): Reducing Residential Solar Costs
Passage of the Inflation Reduction Act is expected to accelerate solar growth 3 to 5 times faster than previous rates. It is anticipated that Illinois’ Climate and Equitable Jobs Act will accelerate Illinois growth even further.While exciting, this rate of growth poses unintended consequences for municipalities, solar businesses, and homeowners. Many building departments are already busy, often doing more with less, resulting in longer permit or inspection approvals. This both delays time to installation and adds to the soft costs of solar.
This is where SolarAPP+, a FREE online permitting tool comes in!
SolarAPP+ automates simple residential solar and storage applications through an advanced online electrical and i-code review platform. For compliant projects, a permit is issued automatically along with an inspection checklist. Non-compliant applications are identified, and corrections can be submitted immediately, saving back and forth corrections. All project revisions are easily processed and tracked, ensuring the current version is available for installers, inspectors, and plan reviewers.
SolarAPP+ integrates with existing AHJ platforms - either online or in-person applications including Accela and EnerGov.
Developed in collaboration with building code & safety experts, SolarAPP+ is supported by the US Council of Mayors as an important tool in sustainability planning. Some of the participants include: International Code Council, National Renewable Energy Lab, Underwriters Lab, International Association of Electrical Inspectors, SolSmart, Accela, and EnerGov.
SolarAPP+ can support:
Support for SolarAPP+ in Illinois
The Illinois Solar Energy Association has introduced legislation for the 2023 session, which intends to create a funding source to assist AHJs with implementation costs. Although the SolarAPP+ platform is free to AHJs, these funds will assist with transition costs to integrate SolarAPP+ into permitting processes. The bill will support Illinois clean energy goals including:
Additional bill details will be available as session advances.
To participate in SolarAPP+ in Illinois, contact:
IL SolarAPP Outreach Coordinator
If you are an Illinois legislator, contact: