Solar Information

Summit County encourages the use of renewable energy. This page will help anyone interested in installing solar photovoltaics (PV) panels or solar thermal in Summit County to better understand the permitting and inspection process here in the county.

Going Solar
Going solar not only reduces your electricity bill if you have photovoltaic (PV) or heating bill if you have solar thermal, but also helps to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions that negatively impact air quality. There are numerous resources to help you along. Solar Simplified has some good, in-depth information.

Steps
Commercial & Residential Permits
  • Solar PV Roof-Mount: If your solar PV installation will be under 15 kilowatts, you may qualify for the streamlined permitting application. Use the following document as your permit application if your system qualifies.
  • Solar ABCs (PDF)
  • If your system qualifies for the streamlined permitting application, Summit county will notify you of the decision of whether you receive the permit within 3 days of submitting a complete application.
Fees 
Alternative Energy Permits: These permits are separate  from  the permits issued for new construction. These permits  include, but are not limited to,   hot water,  photovoltaic, geo­ thermal, and wind generated power.
  • Photovoltaic System: $700 - Fee waived until December 31, 2016.
  • Geo-Thermal: $500
  • Solar Hot Water: $250
  • Wind Generator: $250
Inspections
This PV Inspection Checklist (PDF) can be used as a guideline for what the inspector will be looking for during a final inspection. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and your specific situation may warrant additional items.