AI-Powered Permitting is Speeding up Solar Deployments in California


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Oct 30, 2023
If you're looking to implement solar panels on your property or business, you are in luck, as the permitting process may now be faster then ever with AI. California is implementing a AI-powered permitting process that helps expedite solar deployments. The tech helps to automate regulatory checks, which can lead to faster approvals and more efficient installations.

The intended purpose of this new permitting process, is to enhance efficiency of the system and to simplify the process for the public. As well, this will go a long way in supporting California's clean energy goals by facilitating a quicker transition for sustainable energy practices and the states renewable energy objectives.

If you happen to live in California and want more detailed information on this, you can read the full article on Planetizen.
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That's good news. I keep seeing either they digitize the permitting process, and now I see they are implementing AI towards it more often. I am curious though how they accept or deny a permit through AI. Could AI in turn cause problems for the permitting process? Like, could they end up putting the wrong info, incorrect data etc?
Thanks for sharing! This is actually similar to the update @Shortie shared about Symbium automation software over in this thread. Planizen apparently picked up the story and, as an urban planning-focused outlet, is emphasizing the potential for AI-powered permitting software to help California meet its clean energy goals.

It's interesting how California Senate Bill 379, which passed in 2022, helped lay the groundwork for Symbium by mandating instant solar permitting even before the full potential of AI really became known. SB 379 required that CA's largest jurisdictions adopt SolarAPP+ "or a similar program" by September 30, 2023. Although mass adoption of SolarAPP+ has gotten most of the attention (see our discussions here and here), I think that SB 379's role getting jurisdictions to experiment with ambitious AI tools like Symbium may end up being the real success story.

I understand that Symbium is currently being piloted in 22 jurisdictions throughout CA. I'm looking forward to seeing how these pilot tests turn out. It will be interesting to see how implementation of AI tools like Symbium can be extended beyond solar, to streamline other regulatory reviews as well (e.g., for renovations or electrical work).
This AI-powered permitting process for solar panels in California is a game-changer. Faster approvals and more efficient installations will boost the state's clean energy goals and support sustainable practices. Exciting news for those looking to embrace renewable energy and contribute to a greener future.
California implementing an AI-powered permitting process for solar panels is a progressive step towards promoting clean energy adoption. The idea of using artificial intelligence to expedite the often cumbersome permitting process is exciting, especially considering the positive impact it can have on the state's renewable energy goals.

From a personal perspective, I've been interested in exploring solar panel installations for my property, but the perceived complexity of the permitting process has been a deterrent. The prospect of an AI-powered system automating regulatory checks is reassuring and suggests a more streamlined and efficient experience. The adoption of newer technology addresses a real-world barrier to the widespread adoption of sustainable energy practices.