SPI 2018

SolSmart Permitting Guidelines: A New Soft-Cost Reduction Resource for Communities Nationwide

Wednesday, September 26
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Installer Training: Booth 1486

SolSmart is a U.S. Department of Energy-funded program that works with municipalities and counties nationwide to reduce solar soft costs. The program prioritizes efforts to streamline permitting, as it represents a key portion of soft costs and local governments control these processes. To help local governments understand solar permitting and adopt best practices, Bill Brooks - through his efforts on SolSmart - has created new permitting guidelines. Communities can adopt these permitting guidelines to ensure efficient, yet robust, local practices. SolSmart provides no-cost technical assistance to communities and will help staff implement these new guidelines. Learn more about this new resource and how you can help spread adoption in jurisdictions nationwide.

Bill Brooks

Brooks Engineering

Mr. Brooks has worked with utility-interconnected PV systems since the late 1980’s. He is a consultant to the PV industry on
a variety of performance, troubleshooting, and training topics. Over the past 13 years, these training workshops have helped
over 5,000 local inspectors and over 5,000 electricians and installers understand PV systems and how to properly install
and inspect systems.

His field troubleshooting skills have been valuable in determining where problems occur to focus training on those issues of greatest need. Mr. Brooks has written several important technical manuals for the industry that are now widely used in California and beyond. His experience includes work on Code Making Panel 4 for the National Electrical Code, Article 690, and IEEE utility interconnection standards for PV systems. He is also an active participant in Standards Technical
Panels (STP) for UL1741 (Inverters), and UL1703 (PV Modules) and serves as task group lead for Fire Ratings and Grounding in UL 1703 STP.

Mr. Brooks holds Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from N.C. State University and is a
Registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina and California.


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Zach Greene

Program Director
The Solar Foundation

Zachary Greene is a Program Director at The Solar Foundation, which is a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit dedicated to advancing the use of solar and solar-compatible technologies worldwide. Zach works exclusively on SolSmart, a solar designation and technical assistance program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. In this capacity, Zach oversees the technical assistance team that helps local governments nationwide make their communities “open for solar business”.

Prior to joining The Solar Foundation, Zach held several positions at the City of Austin, most recently acting as Director of Communications for former Mayor Lee Leffingwell. Zach holds a Master of Public Affairs from The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and two Bachelor of Arts degrees from The American University. On a sunny day, you can find Zach brewing beer, reading a book in his neighborhood park, or riding around on public transit.


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