Pinole's Automated Solar Permitting

Automated Solar Permitting

PINOLE RECEIVES GRANT TO ESTABLISH ONLINE, AUTOMATED SOLAR PERMITTING
Posted on 08/18/2022
Rooftop Solar
The City of Pinole has been awarded up to a $40,000 grant from the California Energy Commission to establish an online, automated permitting platform that verifies code compliance and issues permits in real time for a solar energy system. This grant funding will help the City continue to persue and fully implement a small pilot program initiated in 2022 with SolarAPP+. SolarAPP+ is a web-based portal, developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, that automates project plan review and produces code-compliant approvals to support building departments in quickly issuing permits for residential solar energy system installations. The Community Development Department is expected to introduce SolarAPP+ to all customers soon after the City has fully updated its outdated permit tracking system (anticipated in early 2023).