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California Moves Closer to Streamlined Solar Energy Permitting

June 3, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

California and Solar Permitting

The California legislature just moved a little bit closer to reducing some of the various "soft costs" of installing solar energy systems with an assembly bill that is meant to streamline the permitting and inspection process for small residential solar energy systems.[read more]

How Can We Reduce Solar Soft Costs? Part 1: Streamlining Solar Permitting

November 4, 2013 by Rosana Francescato

It’s no news to anyone in the solar industry that although module costs have plummeted, soft costs for solar -- like permitting, installation, and customer acquisition -- have remained high in the U.S. At over 50% of system costs, our soft costs are twice those in Germany.[read more]

On Fullerton and Karney's "evaluation" of the Waxman permit allocation

December 30, 2009 by John Whitehead

Guest post from Jim Roumasset: The editors of The Economists' Voice claim that Fullerton and Karney give the Waxman-Markey bill "minimally passing marks," though you won't find that in the actual article. F-K's figure 1 shows that 30% of permits under Waxman-Markey would be initially auctioned off, with the percentage falling to an...[read more]

Analysis: Over-Allocation of Pollution Permits Would Result in No Emissions Reduction Requirement in Early Years of Climate Program

September 23, 2009 by Jesse Jenkins

By Jesse Jenkins, Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger, originally posted at the Breakthrough InstituteThe large decline in U.S. emissions in 2008 and 2009 due to the economic recession means that if the House-passed Waxman-Markey climate legislation becomes law, the bill's emissions reduction cap will require no reduction of carbon...[read more]