Portland recently took a step to reduce the soft costs of installing solar on residences. The city’s Bureau of Development Services dropped the fee for a Prescriptive Residential Solar Permit by over 50% from $554 to $263.
While the cost of hardware and installation have come down over the past few years, these types of fees are one of many called “soft costs” that create barriers for consumers who want to install solar.
“We are hopeful that the reduction in building permit fees for solar installations on residential structures will encourage more homeowners to adopt this sustainable energy source, helping the City to meet sustainability goals,” according to Commissioner Amanda Fritz.
And the best part is that the Bureau was able to work with installers to streamline the permitting process, reducing its own costs in the process to recoup any potential lost revenue.