Solar Inspection and Permitting Webinar

Presented by the Local Government Energy Partnership

 March 25, 2021  10am – 12pm

Who Should Attend?

This webinar is designed for inspection and permitting staff to learn about best practices and opportunities to streamline services for solar development in your communities.

Why Your Staff Should Attend

From SolSmart:

“The permitting and inspection process is one of the most important tools that local governments have at their disposal to encourage solar energy growth. For residential solar installations, permitting and inspection can substantially increase the “soft costs” that make up as much as 64% of the total cost of the system. In fact, direct and indirect permitting costs can add up to $7,000 ($1 per watt) to the cost of a typical residential installation.

The good news is that there are proven and effective steps local governments can take to create a transparent, efficient, and cost-effective permitting process and reduce the time and cost for residents and businesses to go solar.”


In this webinar, we will cover:

  • Introduction and SolSmart overview
  • Why streamline permitting & inspections?
  • Permitting Best Practices (structural & electrical)
  • Inspection Best Practices (inspection checklist)
  • Q+A

Speakers:  David Golembeski and Richard Lawrence of The Solar Foundation and SolSmart


The webinar will be held via Teams. If you would like to attend, please contact Lynn Kaufman ( for an invitation.

For general questions regarding the Local Government Energy Partnership and how MORPC supports solar in the region, please contact Jon-Paul d’Aversa (


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