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Bipartisan bill looks to simplify distributed solar permitting in US

September 10, 2019

A Republican senator from Maine and a Democratic senator from New Mexico have introduced legislation that aims to slash costs and red tape currently complicating local permitting for distributed renewable energy, energy storage and electric vehicle (EV) charging systems.

The bill, which comes with a federal price tag of US$20 million annually for five years, hinges around the creation of a free online permitting portal where local governments could receive, review and approve distributed renewable energy applications.

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