The Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) are analyzing streamlined solar permitting (SSP) approaches in California to inform permit reform activities across the nation. This project is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office and builds on CSE’s previous work supporting SSP reform in over 300 authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs), primarily in California.
The project uses rigorous social science methodology, such as discrete choice experiments, to determine the best strategies for SSP diffusion. The team develops nationally consistent data on the characteristics of AHJs that are relevant to SSP adoption and investigates the administrative decision-making process of early SSP adopters.
This project will result in data-driven recommendations for how to effectively engage AHJs on permitting issues, providing actionable strategies that speak to the unique factors influencing the local government decision-making process.