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Los Angeles revamps its solar program

Program upgrades focus on automated notifications, online permitting
  • Upgrades to the program shave weeks off project schedules.
  • The number of solar permits issued monthly has grown significantly since the upgrades.
  • Program also focuses on streamlining the rebate process.

A revamped solar energy program will enable Los Angeles homeowners to produce and utilize solar power with greater efficiency. The city's mayor Eric Garcetti recently announced that the Department of Building and Safety (DBS), along with the Department of Water and Power, has improved three aspects of its existing solar program. These upgrades include an online permitting system for solar installations, an automated permit notification system, and a streamlined process for issuing solar rebates and getting solar panels interconnected. Federico Rostagno / Shutterstock.com “Improvements like online permitting and automated notifications shave weeks off project schedules and result in faster solar connections,” said Raymond Chan, general manager of the DBS. Previously these steps represented a complex process that required multiple conversations between customers and both of these city departments, which equated to delays and increased costs. Since the DBS launched on...