A No-Cost Rooftop Solar Stimulus

How streamlining residential solar installations can jumpstart a green economic recovery

Policy Brief

When cities emerge from the COVID-19 emergency and start to organize around economic recovery, California and the Bay Area should look to significantly expand employment in the solar industry. These jobs can support families, combat climate change and make communities more resilient to natural disasters. While there’s little money in state and local budgets for new solar subsidies to support this job expansion, state and local governments can provide a no-cost solar stimulus by streamlining the stack of codes and requirements that delay solar installations and drive up costs.

A previous version of this report was published in July 2020.