Getting solar permits is the most time consuming part of the building process. Any mistakes in the application can delay your project for weeks, so it’s worth checking twice. You can file for a permit with an Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) in your area. Usually, but not always, it is your city’s planning office. The application form can be found on the organization’s website, but you can also contact them by phone for instructions.
Consult with local authorities before placing solar panels on the roof. There might be requirements for fire setbacks to allow firefighters to freely access and walk on the roof. These are usually located near ridgelines, valleys and other obstacles. Some states may also require 3 feet of distance around the modules.
Paperwork has its benefits though. Builders are eligible for up to $2,000 tax credits for all new energy-efficient homes. Various state incentives are also available. They can be found in the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
by entering your zip code.
Laws and incentives differ from state to state and are subject to change. It makes incorporating research in the planning stage of your project a good idea. You can also learn about available state and federal incentives to be more knowledgeable when speaking to clients.