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(2021) Energy Storage Field Inspection Checklist Template – PI-20

| SolSmart
The template below provides basic guidelines for inspecting most residential Energy Storage Systems (ESS). The checklist includes ESS-specific code requirements from the 2017/2020 NEC and the 2018/2021 International Residential Code (IRC).
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National Academies Study Evaluates Impact of SolSmart Program

| Xue Gao, Casey Canfield, Tian Tang , and John Cornwell
This study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), uses a rigorous statistical process to evaluate the impact of the SolSmart program.
Community Engagement Government Operations Market Development Permitting and Inspection Planning and Zoning
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Best Practice Guidance for Solar and Zoning

| SolSmart
This guide highlights the key components for organized, transparent, and consistent accessory use solar energy regulations for zoning or land use codes.

Solar Energy Toolkit: Resiliency: Solar + Storage

| SolSmart
INTEGRATING SOLAR INTO CITYWIDE EMERGENCY PLANNING A Case Study from the Bay Area

The City and County of San Francisco…

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Moving from Silver to Gold Designation with SolarAPP+

| SolSmart
Utilization of the SolarAPP+ tool can streamline the SolSmart designation process and provide a significant number of required credits, particularly in the Permitting and Inspection (PI) category.
Permitting and Inspection
Brochure

Moving from SolarAPP+ to SolSmart Bronze Designation

| SolSmart
Utilization of the SolarAPP+ tool can streamline the SolSmart designation process and provide a significant number of required credits, particularly in the Permitting and Inspection (PI) category.
Permitting and Inspection
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National Simplified Residential PV and Energy Storage Permit Guidelines (html)

| By Brooks Engineering, Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), Sustainable Energy Action Committee (SEAC)
Permitting is one of the biggest challenges to solar growth at the local level. Across the 18,000 local jurisdictions in the U.S., the solar permitting process differs greatly and is often expensive, time-consuming, and outdated. By implementing a streamlined and more standardized permitting process, local governments can make installing solar faster, easier, and more affordable for their staff, local residents, businesses, and solar companies.
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National Simplified Residential PV and Energy Storage Permit Guidelines (PDF)

| Brooks Engineering, Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), Sustainable Energy Action Committee (SEAC)
Permitting is one of the biggest challenges to solar growth at the local level. Across the 18,000 local jurisdictions in the U.S., the solar permitting process differs greatly and is often expensive, time-consuming, and outdated. By implementing a streamlined and more standardized permitting process, local governments can make installing solar faster, easier, and more affordable for their staff, local residents, businesses, and solar companies.
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SolSmart Regional Organization Pathway Flyer

| SolSmart
Involvement of regional organizations in the SolSmart program provides several advantages in the capacity they offer to the communities they serve. SolSmart’s “Regional Organization Pathway” is the set of criteria that regional organizations must complete to achieve designation and develop a solar-friendly region.
Community Engagement Government Operations Market Development Permitting and Inspection Planning and Zoning
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Automated Permitting and SolSmart Designation

| SolSmart
Automated solutions for permitting solar PV and storage systems are an emerging best practice for local governments to streamline, and improve the accuracy, of permitting and inspections.
Permitting and Inspection