Asheville has been on the forefront of solar installations for this region and has done much to promote and embrace clean energy as part of their very strong commitment to sustainability and carbon reduction, with due thanks to
leaders in City Government, community partners like Advantage West, and several solar energy companies that have been successful here.
As we move forward with the industry, permitting and regulations will play an increasingly important role, and already we are seeing additional requirements affect our operating costs.
Perhaps the City of Asheville could consider taking on DOE's Solar Rooftop Challenge and strengthen the position of our powerful community at the forefront of solar initiatives:
" ...the Department of Energy announced a new challenge in which teams of local and regional governments compete for funds to help bring down administrative barriers to residential and small commercial photovoltaic (PV) solar installations by streamlining, standardizing and digitizing their administrative processes. The Rooftop Solar Challenge will also spur participating cities and states across the nation to enable innovative financing programs to help homeowners and entrepreneurs install solar energy systems on their homes and businesses.
By challenging local governments to cut their upfront fees and paperwork and standardize their permitting processes, the Challenge will not only reduce the cost to homeowners and businesses of installing solar energy systems, but it will also save money and time for local governments already struggling with tight budgets."
Thanks for all of the work that you do for clean energy in this region,
Sundance Power Systems