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Streamlining Solar Permitting with SolarAPP+ - Self Study

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) • Last updated 04/2022

4.9/5 (view ratings)
84 students
4 modules
35 minutes
12 assignments

Course description

SolarAPP+ is an online platform that completely automates the permitting process for residential rooftop solar. Developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Solar APP+ was created through a rigorous, collaborative process by some of the leading subject matter experts in the field.

SolarAPP+ standardizes requirements and checks for safety and compliance on the spot to instantly catch code issues and errors. When a system is designed properly, the platform instantly approves solar permits without ever submitting plan sets or one-line diagrams. Overall, it cuts down the permitting process by at least 5 to 10 business days. Best of all, it's being offered for free to local governments across the country.

In this free course, you will learn about SolarAPP+, how it works via a technical demonstration, hear feedback from early adopters in local government, and learn next steps to begin using SolarAPP+ or to talk to your local jurisdiction about SolarAPP+ adoption in your area.

Note: Solar contractors must take and pass two training modules on the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Learning Online portal to be authorized to login and submit permits on SolarAPP+. This HeatSpring course is purely informational.

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Full course outline

Module 1 - SolarAPP+ Overview

  • What is SolarAPP+? What challenges does it help solve? (02:12 minutes)
  • SolarAPP+ Benefits (.pdf)
Module 2 - SolarAPP+ Technical Demonstration

  • SolarAPP+ Intro and Technical Demonstration (20:24 minutes)
  • Eligibility Checklist for PV Project Using SolarAPP+ (.pdf)
  • Example Equipment Spec Sheet Uploads (.pdf)
  • Example Inspection Checklist (.pdf)
Module 3 - Perspectives from Local Authorities Having Jurisdiction

  • Roundtable Discussion with SolarAPP+ Early Adopters (12:46 minutes)
Module 4 - Learn More and Next Steps

  • Get your questions answered.
  • Advanced SolarAPP+ Training with the Interstate Renewable Energy Council
  • Bringing SolarAPP+ to your Communities


National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), we focus on creative answers to today's energy challenges. From breakthroughs in fundamental science to new clean technologies to integrated energy systems that power our lives, NREL researchers are transforming the way the nation and the world use energy. NREL has decades of focused leadership in clean energy... Learn more


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