Thursday, February 24, 2011

I want a solar roof. Localities raise the cost by as much as 2/3 with red tape!

Red tape, wrapped in red tape, blocks the sun, and costs the consumer money.

As the federal government pushes to make solar energy cost competitive with coal, local governments are undercutting the effort by imposing high fees and red tape on business and consumers.

“Consider thousands of local processes, fees and timelines,” says Rob Cahill, manager of business development for solar financier SunRun, pointing out that installing solar panels is still treated by city authorities like a complex home renovation. “It’s not surprising that a significant amount of (solar’s cost) is embedded in a local regulatory morass,” he says.

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