New York Announces Unified Solar Permitting
September 26, 2013
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, New York Power Authority, and City University of New York on September 20 announced a partnership that has developed a NYS Unified Solar Permit that will reduce costs for solar projects by streamlining municipal permitting processes.
Adoption of a standardized residential and small business solar permit is a key element to help New York municipalities remove barriers to local economic development in the growing solar industry. The standardized permit is expected to cut costs by creating a uniform permitting process in municipalities across the state. Installers in New York State have had to work with different permits and permitting processes in each of the State’s 1,550 municipalities, which increased the complexity of permitting and have caused project delays and added costs. See the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority press release.