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Solar Industry, Towns Battle Over Local Rooftop Panel Rules

Solar Industry, Towns Battle Over Local Rooftop Panel Rules

HARTFORD — Efforts to encourage more residential rooftop solar panels in Connecticut are being slowed by a cumbersome permitting process at the local level, the industry says. Towns and cities say that more rules will cost money. From these two points of view, legislation emerged that would require towns to approve or deny permits in 30 days and give them 30 days to conduct inspections of new installations. Solar installers say that's already part of state law, and they accuse the municipalities and their allies in the legislature of gutting legislation streamlining permits. A key complaint among solar panel installers is that permit fees charged by municipalities to homeowners...

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