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Solar Briefing Papers: Integrating Solar Energy into Local Plans

| American Planning Association
This paper provides planners, public officials, and engaged citizens with an overview of established and emerging approaches to integrating references to solar energy into local plans.

Renewable Energy Ordinance Framework: Solar PV

| Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
This is a framework for municipalities to utilize as they develop and update zoning ordinances to govern the siting of small-scale solar PV energy systems in their community.
Criteria: PI-16 (Standard Pathway)

Fire Safety and Solar

| Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
A webpage detailing three types of solar fire safety concerns and firefighter safety resources.
Permitting and Inspection

Firefighter Safety and Emergency Response for Solar Power Systems

| Fire Protection Research Foundation
This study focuses on structural fire fighting in buildings and structures involving solar power systems utilizing solar panels that generate thermal and/or electrical energy, with a particular focus on solar photovoltaic panels used for electric power generation.

New York State Unified Solar Permit

| New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
This permit is utilized in the state of New York (among municipal authorities that adopt it) to streamline a jurisdiction’s solar permitting process for eligible installations.

Electrical Permit Application for Roof-Mounted Solar PV Systems Only

| City and County of San Francisco, California
Example of a roof-mounted solar PV permit application.

Solar Energy Systems

| City of Seattle, Washington
City of Seattle’s Solar Energy Systems Fact-sheet

California Solar Permitting Guidebook: Improving Permit Review and Approval for Small Solar Systems

| State of California
This guidebook details standard practices and documents to reduce costs and improve the solar permitting process.

Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)

| NC Clean Energy Technology Center
DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewable energy and energy efficiency in the United States.

Rooftop Solar Ready Construction Guidelines

| OKI Regional Council of Governments
These voluntary guidelines have been developed for the local governments of the Ohio, Kansas, and Indiana region to share with residential developers, home builders and architects for the design and construction of new residential buildings. The guidelines are intended to alert a developer, architect, or other interested party to the components of building design required to prepare a building for future photovoltaic (PV) solar installation.
Planning and Zoning