California removes hurdles to solar roofs

If you're thinking about installing solar on your roof, it just got simpler across California.

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Mary Katherine Moore
Creative Associate

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Creative Associate

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.

If you're thinking about installing solar on your roof, it just got simpler across California.

On April 8, the Solar Access Act passed in California’s Senate Governance and Finance Committee. The act will implement automated solar permitting in counties with more than 150,000 residents, opening the door for on-the-spot approvals of residential solar and solar-plus-storage systems (back-up batteries powered by solar energy). In so doing, the bill addresses years of lost solar potential that was hindered by high installation costs and permitting hurdles. 

“To get to California’s 100 percent clean energy goals, we need to triple the amount of energy from solar rooftops,” said Laura Deehan, Environment California state director. “The Solar Access Act promises to help cities and counties go big on solar, cutting costs and reducing wait times, so that more Californians can tap into this clean, renewable energy.”

 Environment California co-sponsored the bill and thanks the state legislators who supported this important act. 

Read more about the Solar Access Act. 

Learn more about our Go Solar campaign. 

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Mary Katherine Moore
Creative Associate

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Creative Associate

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.