By Sacramento Business Journal

The Sacramento City Council approved a plan to reduce fees for commercial and residential solar permits Tuesday.

The reduced permit fees will take effect in late December.

As the Business Journal reported, the goal is to help the city cover the costs of plan reviews and inspections while helping drive business for local installers.

Currently, commercial projects and residential projects above a certain size were based on the valuation of the project.

For example, a permit for 131 kilowatt system, valued at $1.2 million, would cost $4,480, along with other fees, according to the cityâ¿¿s Sacramento Streamline program. Under the previous system, the city would charge $19,000 using valuation.

The time it takes to review permits would also drop.

Ryan DeVore, the cityâ¿¿s chief building official, said the fee changes help demonstrate a commitment to being business friendly and to increase solar projects.

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