Update: Environment America urges US Conference of Mayors to help cut red tape for solar

If Resolution #53 is adopted, the United States Conference of Mayors will urge city leaders to move swiftly to implement automated online solar permitting platforms, like SolarAPP+, to reduce permit review time for solar energy and energy storage systems.

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Johanna Neumann
Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

Author: Johanna Neumann

Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

(413) 256-6434

On staff: 2001-2003; 2005-present
B.S., Tufts University

Johanna directs strategy and staff for Environment America's energy campaigns at the local, state and national level. In her prior positions, she led the campaign to ban smoking in all Maryland workplaces, helped stop the construction of a new nuclear reactor on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and helped build the support necessary to pass the EmPOWER Maryland Act, which set a goal of reducing the state’s per capita electricity use by 15 percent. She also currently serves on the board of Community Action Works. Johanna lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family, where she enjoys growing dahlias, biking and the occasional game of goaltimate.

In a letter sent to the chairs of the energy committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Environment America Research & Policy Center's Senior Director of the Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy Johanna Neumann asked the committee to support Resolution #53 and urge city leaders to move swiftly to implement automated online solar permitting platforms, like SolarAPP+. The committee is expected to take up the resolution at the upcoming U.S. Conference of Mayors energy committee meeting on June 5th.

"It’s unacceptable that obtaining a permit to install solar can take days, weeks, or even months in some parts of the country, and can be a complex and costly process," wrote Neumann in the letter. "At a time when we are using technology in so many aspects of our lives, it seems implausible that applications for solar permits still involve shuffling paper."

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Johanna Neumann
Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

Author: Johanna Neumann

Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

(413) 256-6434

On staff: 2001-2003; 2005-present
B.S., Tufts University

Johanna directs strategy and staff for Environment America's energy campaigns at the local, state and national level. In her prior positions, she led the campaign to ban smoking in all Maryland workplaces, helped stop the construction of a new nuclear reactor on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and helped build the support necessary to pass the EmPOWER Maryland Act, which set a goal of reducing the state’s per capita electricity use by 15 percent. She also currently serves on the board of Community Action Works. Johanna lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family, where she enjoys growing dahlias, biking and the occasional game of goaltimate.