The City of Richmond is proud to be a member of the East Bay Green Corridor. In late 2010, The Principals of the Green Corridor identified the need for a uniform solar energy permitting process as their number one priority policy in order to meet the following goals:
Help drive local solar PV market & bring to scale
Remove barriers, increase efficiencies and reduce costs
Bring economic benefits to the region, including business growth & quality job creation
Help meet cities' climate action goals
Build a model implementation that can be replicated across the state and nationally
The Green Corridor heard the need from the solar industry to standardize and harmonize policies for promoting industry growth among the Green Corridor cities.
In August 2013, the Green Corridor's nine cities approved the Green Corridor's "Rapid PV Permit" for single family residential installations that includes a Residential Solar PV Checklist; Solar PV Standard Plan; and the Green Corridor's innovative Structural Engineering Guidelines, developed by John Wolfe and Andrew Wagner of the Berkeley firm, Tipping Mar, and inspired by Giyan Senaratne, Principal/CEO of West Coast Code Consultants, Inc. - WC3.
Details of New Streamlined Process
Standardized residential solar permitting approved across nine cities.
3-7 day permitting turnaround
Cost-recovery permit fees
Innovative structural guidelines allowing homeowners, installers & cities to bypass expensive and time-consuming engineering assessments