Solar Permitting Processes: Automation May Lead The Future!

Dec 2022
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Solar Permitting

The need for renewable/sustainable energy sources has led us to invest more in solar energy now than ever. In the sunniest states, residential and commercial solar energy systems are becoming commonplace, especially on the roofs of large neighborhoods. While the switch to solar comes with many benefits, proper solar permitting is needed to ensure that the installations are done correctly, safely, and up to municipal standards.

What’s a Solar Permit?

A solar permit allows homeowners to install solar panels on their property. All solar companies must receive a client’s permit before installing solar panels in Texas. Solar permits are government-mandated and, much like other building permits, require an application and vetting process before approval. All buildings in Texas require a solar permit to have solar panels installed, whether it’s through a residential or commercial solar company.

Why Switch Now?

The United States government currently provides homeowners and businesses with tax credits for installing solar panels on their properties. Solar energy is now more efficient and affordable than ever; the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act provides citizens with larger tax credits that cover nearly every aspect of solar panel installation.

Getting a Solar Permit in Texas

So, how do you get a solar permit in Texas?

Solar Permitting – The Forms

First, you’ll need to fill out a Solar PV System Application, which covers your general solar panel installation plans. The form is a checklist that covers how large your panels are, where they’ll be installed, and what kind of building receives the installation.

The application will also include space for installation planning, including any blueprints, an installation timeline, and if any other electrical projects will occur on-site at the same time.

These checklists vary from county to county, so it’s best to check with various Houston solar companies for more information regarding local applications.

After filling out the application, you’ll need to send it to the local government (usually the town hall).

Solar Permitting – The Wait

After applying, it’s time to wait. The current problem that solar companies in Texas face with installation permits is the sheer amount of red tape barring speedy installation. The government must review the application several times before approval; this can take a few weeks or months for smaller projects, but for larger projects, the process can even take years.

Why Automate The Solar Permitting Process?

While it’s far from streamlined just yet, by automating the review process, solar panel permits can get approved much faster since they’ll cut out the middleman that must read and review each section of the checklist.

Solar permitting automation essentially streamlines the review process by cross-referencing local construction, zoning, and electrical codes with the information presented on the resident’s application.

With the advent of exciting programs like SolarAPP+, using an online portal for approval could speed up the solar permitting process exponentially.

Please contact us today to learn more about solar permitting and installation!

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Sunshine Renewable Solutions proudly partners with a leading Texas-based plastic manufacturer, embarking on a groundbreaking initiative to fortify its commitment to sustainability.

By integrating solar energy solutions, we're revolutionizing their environmental impact. Our collaborative efforts aim to construct a robust solar infrastructure, harnessing renewable energy to power their operations efficiently.

Together, we're spearheading a transformative shift towards renewable practices, demonstrating how solar power can drive industrial progress while prioritizing environmental responsibility. Sunshine Renewable Solutions is honored to work hand-in-hand with this industry leader, fostering a brighter, greener future through the strategic implementation of solar energy solutions.

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As the foundational step in our partnership, the construction of concrete piers for the solar panel structure marks a pivotal milestone in our solar energy initiative. These concrete piers serve as the bedrock of support for the entire solar infrastructure, providing stability and durability essential for the efficient functioning of the solar array.

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Precision And Accuracy Are Paramount

Our engineering team meticulously plans and designs the layout of the piers, ensuring they are strategically positioned to uphold the solar panel array's weight and withstand environmental factors such as wind and inclement weather. We adhere to industry standards and best practices to create a robust foundation that guarantees the longevity and resilience of the solar installation.

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A Solid Foundation

Environmental considerations are taken into account throughout the construction process, ensuring minimal disruption to the surrounding ecosystem. Our commitment to sustainability extends beyond energy production to encompass responsible construction practices.

By establishing these concrete piers foundations, we are ready to start Phase 2, erecting the metal support bars. Enabling the subsequent installation of solar panels will power the plastic manufacturer's operations while significantly reducing their carbon footprint.

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Formosa Plastics is a major producer of polyethylene, polypropylene, and polyvinyl chloride resins, which are widely used in various industries worldwide. Recognizing its role in environmental stewardship, Formosa Plastics sought to collaborate with a reputable sustainability consultant who can provide solutions to reduce its impact on the environment.

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