January 29, 2024

How can you streamline the permitting and inspection process of battery energy storage systems?

In many parts of the United States, navigating building permits required for battery energy storage systems (BESS) can be a daunting process.  Under a three-year project funded by the Department of Energy, New Buildings Institute (NBI; an EMPOWERED partner) has led the development of a series of guidelines to streamline the permitting and inspection processes for solar-plus-storage systems.

These guidelines provide an overview of code requirements for the installation of energy storage systems (standalone and paired with simple photovoltaic systems) in single-family, multifamily, and commercial/office buildings. By providing specific and replicable lists of requirements, local jurisdictions can streamline the permitting and inspection process by reducing informational barriers while helping ensure the design and installation of these distributed energy resources are consistent, code compliant, and safe.

These guides can help educate building department staff to better problem-solve when permitting and inspecting solar-plus-storage systems. Having these checklists available in the field can go  a long way to more efficient adoption of clean energy technologies. Learn more and download the Solar-Plus-Storage Permitting & Inspection Guidelines today!

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