Washington: Putting More Solar on More Rooftops in Washington State

Project Overview
Positive Impact: ESSP works with EERE to lower the costs of installing rooftop photovoltaics through improved permitting processes.
Location: Washington State
Partners: Cities of Seattle, Bellevue, Edmonds, and Ellensburg; Northwest SEED; Solar WA; Thurston Energy; Sustainable Connections; and serving utilities
EERE Investment: $524,000
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EERE SunShot Initiative awardee Evergreen State Solar Partnership (ESSP) is working to reduce the costs of installing rooftop photovoltaics through creating an online permitting system, shortening permitting processing turnaround times, and fixing fees. ESSP is one of 22 Rooftop Solar Challenge teams wrapping up year-long efforts to reduce barriers and lower costs for residential and small commercial rooftop solar systems.

ESSP convened jurisdictions, utilities, and industry partners representing a regulatory and market environment as varied as the state's diverse ecosystems to lead ground-level efforts to make processes more efficient and predictable across 285 cities, 39 counties, and 62 utilities. As a result, installers are able to complete a more straightforward permitting process with lower fees and may not have to complete a structural review or building permit for simple rooftop solar projects. This project is part of EERE’s larger effort to make solar energy more accessible and affordable, increase domestic solar deployment, and position the United States as a leader in the rapidly growing global solar market.

The Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) focuses on achieving the goals of the SunShot Initiative, which seeks to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade.

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