Steps to Install Solar in Portola Valley
To apply for Solar Photovoltaics in Portola Valley follow the following steps:
1. Apply for a building permit with the Town - there is a flat rate fee of $50 for solar photovoltaic permits
2. As part of the building permit, you must submit three sets of drawings
basic site diagram identifying the location of the major components (not to scale)
specification sheets for the solar photovoltaic system including: major components (inverter information, module information and battery information); array information; wiring and overcurrent protection; provisions for the photovoltaic power source disconnecting means; grounding and array mounting information
one-line electrical diagram showing all major field-installed electrical components, wire identification and sizing, and grounding
3. Include a check for $90 made out to Woodside Fire Protection District with your permit application as they will be conducting a final inspection on the installation in addition to the Town.
Note: The Town strongly encourages the use of black frame panels to diminish reflectivity
Find Solar - Connecting You to Renewable Energy Professionals
California Solar Energy Industries Association (CalSEIA) - California Solar Energy Industries Association supports the widespread adoption of solar thermal and photovoltaic systems by educating consumers, supporting solar legislation and conducting business in a professional and ethical manner.
Northern California Solar Energy Association Home - a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to accelerate the use of solar energy technology through the exchange of information.
Financing & Incentives
Database of Solar Initiatives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) - a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Choose one or both databases to search:
California Solar Initiative
Good Explanation of California Solar Initiative Process
California Energy Commission Energy Efficiency Financing - includes loans for renewable energy projects
Federal Tax Credits for Renewable Energy Installations
Articles about financing:
Good Description of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)
Top Ten Solar Loan Sites