California Automated Permit Processing Program (CalAPP)
The purpose of this solicitation is to provide funding for California cities, counties, or cities and counties, to establish online, automated solar permitting. Senate Bill 129 (Skinner, Budget Act of 2021) appropriates $20 million in funding to the California Energy Commission (CEC) to support a funding program pursuant to this purpose.
Funding through CalAPP is available to all incorporated cities, counties, or cities and counties to implement an online, automated permitting platform that verifies code compliance and issues permits in real time for a solar energy system.
To meet its clean energy goals, California needs new renewable and storage resources, including rooftop solar and storage projects. Per the 2021 Senate Bill 100 Joint Agency Report, achieving 100% clean electricity in California requires an acceleration of the development of rooftop solar projects. CalAPP funding is intended to encourage cities and counties to further enhance permitting processes and accelerate processing and turnaround time, particularly regarding plan review. Overall, funding is intended to promote the development of residential solar and solar-plus-storage systems, greatly decreasing approval times, cutting permitting costs for local governments and homeowners, and helping California meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction goals through an easier installation process.
This solicitation is open to all California cities, counties, or cities and counties (including any incorporated towns and villages) that will have costs associated with establishing online solar permitting. Applications from any other entities will not be accepted. Grant applications must be completed and signed by an authorized representative of the applicant’s jurisdiction or will be rejected as indicated in Section IV.E.
Total Amount Available:
May 1, 2023
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