The City of Langley is seeking a Sol Smart designation. This is a national designation program established by the US Department of Energy that recognizes communities who reduce barriers to solar energy development. City staff have been working with an advisor from Spark Northwest to review the City Code and processes to identify what changes are necessary to make it easier for residents and businesses to install solar. The City's first step is to adopt the building permit exemption detailed below.
Going Solar in Langley
Building permits are no longer required for small roof-mounted solar PV systems (less than 15kW) meeting the criterion on this checklist.
If your proposed system does not meet this criterion, a permit is required. Building permit application forms can be found here. If you have any questions contact the Building Official.
Electrical permits are required for any system and must be obtained from the State Department of Labor & Industries.
Before You Buy
- Get 2 to 3 quotes for your project. This can help you get a better deal.
- Know your installer. Some installers have been doing this work for many years, while others are new to the business. Get references and call them.
- Understand your warranties.
- Learn about your payback. Your quotes should provide an estimate of your payback period.
- Location is key. Minimize possible shading by trees or neighboring buildings by time of day and time of year.
PSE Energy Advisors can provide names of two installers who have been vetted for quality and trust worthiness. Call 1.800.562.1482. (Source Puget Sound Energy)
Be a smart solar consumer! Here are some questions to ask a potential solar installer: http://www.solarwa.org/solar_consumer_questions
Washington State has a NEW solar incentive program as of July 1, 2017. Read a summary of the incentives here: http://solarstrongwa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Washington-State-Solar-Jobs-Bill-Summary-8-11-17.pdf
Solar Washington, a non-profit dedicated to advancing an understanding of solar in Washington State. http://www.solarwa.org/