By Kelsey Misbrener : solarpowerworld – excerpt
Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced SB 617, the Solar Access Act. SB 617 implements automated solar permitting in local jurisdictions with over 10,000 residents. This will allow for remote inspections and approvals of residential solar and solar + storage systems, which will greatly decrease approval times, cut permitting costs for local governments and homeowners, and help California meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. The bill would also allocate $20 million to help AHJs switch to automated solar permitting, according to SEIA… (more)
Great to see our state reps are helping companies install the systems faster. Where is the support for the owners of the solar systems to protect them from shade of new taller buildings after they are installed? Could we get an amendment to the Solar Shade Act to include future tall buildings that cast a shadow as well as the plants? Perhaps just add some language to the Solar Shade Control Act to include shadows from new buildings. One of major concerns of single family homeowners over SB 9 and SB 10 is the lack of protection for their solar systems that many rely on to not only lower their monthly electric bills, but also mitigate the frequent power outages California is famous for.
Senate Bill 1399. The Bill strikes a balance between trees and solar, and provides an exemption from the Solar Shade Control Act for preexisting trees. It:
- Protects trees and shrubs planted prior to the installation of a solar collector;
- Eliminates criminal prosecution as a penalty for violation of the law
- Provides a mechanism for written notice between neighbors;
- Makes it easier for local communities to adopt and enforce their own local ordinances on the subject; and
- Clarifies various provisions of the law which were vague or confusing.