SolarAPP+, is a free, automated online permitting platform developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and partners. It reduces the time required to issue permits by instantaneously approving SolarAPP+ qualified projects. The tool can be used with or without being involved in the SolSmart program but using it does go towards a local government’s designation criteria, specifically in the Planning and Inspection (PI) category. SolarAPP+ can also permit PV storage systems with battery storage and be integrated into commonly used government software platforms to help ensure code compliance.


What is SolarAPP+?

SolarAPP+, short for Solar Automated Permit Processing, is an online web portal that automates the plan review and process for issuing permits to qualified businesses or individuals to install code-compliant residential photovoltaic (PV) systems. Based on model building, electrical, and fire codes, SolarAPP automatically performs a compliance check on inputs supplied by the contractor to ensure the proposed system is safe and code compliant. Installation practices, workmanship, and adherence to the approved design are then verified by the authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ) through the inspection process.