City of Fernley, NV

City of Fernley, NV


Find the latest resources and information available for installing solar power and expanding the solar market in the City of Fernley, whether you're a resident, business, installer or local government agency.

The City is well positioned for solar market growth due to a mix of renewable energy goals and supportive policies. Transitioning to solar power not only provides environmental benefits like enhanced air quality, but it also delivers a host of economic benefits from green job creation to market development. Below, there is a direct link to the City's interactive policy roadmap designed to increase local solar installations by making it easier and more cost-effective to "go solar".

Fernley is the largest city within Lyon County and is located at the western region of the state. Fernley experiences 251 solar days each year.

Community Profile

18,831 population
25% renewables by 2025
164 square miles

Residential Solar Potential

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The Solar Roadmap team has worked in close coordination with the City to develop a customized, interactive solar roadmap containing guidance on how to transform the local solar market. Each recommendation in the roadmap is supported with relevant reports, case studies, examples, and templates to support local and regional implementation efforts.

These roadmap goals are derived from attributes of successful solar communities nationwide, along with input from industry experts. Each goal represents a step toward making solar easier and more cost effective for all residents within the community. Your specific roadmap has been customized using the attributes that are relevant at the city-level in the local solar market.

Expand each focus area below to show its related goals, and click the 'Take Action' button to access the relevant resources designed to help you achieve these goals.

showPermitting Process

Current Progress:
10 of 13 goals achieved

[P1] Use a Standard Permit Application Form Specific to PV Systems(18)

No standard application form for solar PV systems.

Adopted solar specific permit application form.

City currently at best practice.

[P2] Make Permit Application Form Available Online(176)

Permit application form is not online.

Permit application form will be available online by Fall 2014

City currently at best practice.

[P3] Allow Electronic Submittal of Application Form(87)

Electronic submittal available

City currently at best practice.

[P4] Require only 1 Permit Application Submittal(164)

Single permit application submittal is available for residents and installers.

City currently at best practice.

[P5] Post Permit and Inspection Process Information and Fee Schedules Online(80)

Incomplete process information online.

Permit and inspection process information and fee schedules are online.

City currently at best practice.

[P6] Streamline Permit Processing Time and Allow Expedited Process for Qualifying Projects(75)

Processing time is 10 business days for all solar PV permit applications.

Consider an expedited or over-the-counter permit approval process for qualifying PV projects using a standard application form (see goal P1). For all projects, issue or deny permit within 3 business days of submittal for residential and within 5 business days for commercial.

[P7] Base Residential Permit Fee on Actual Cost to Administer(85)

Residential permit fee assessed is less than $250.

City currently at best practice.

[P8] Base Commercial Permit Fee on Actual Cost to Administer(55)

Commercial permit fee assessed is less than $500.

City currently at best practice.

[P9] Minimize Inspection Turnaround Time(147)

Inspection request turnaround time is usally 24hours or less.

City currently at best practice.

[P10] Offer Convenient Inspection Scheduling(94)

Appointment window less than 4 hours.

Inspection is scheduled for a specific time with real-time updates in case of delays.

City currently at best practice.

[P11] Require only 1 Inspection Visit(82)

2 inspection visits - A rough electrical and a final.

Require only a single permit inspection. If additional inspections are required during installation, conduct in a manner that does not require installer to halt work.

[P13] Allow a Structural Exemption for Qualifying Systems(41)

Approval from a Structural Professional Engineer is required on all systems.

For qualifying residential systems meeting certain criteria, allow an exemption from structural analysis or structural PE stamp requirements.

[P14] Understand New Solar-Specific Building, Electrical, and Fire Codes(82)

City is currently on 2012 IBC, IRC, IECC and 2010 NEC

City staff aware of solar standards from most recent code cycles.

City currently at best practice.

showPlanning & Zoning

Current Progress:
3 of 4 goals achieved

[Z1] Pursue Protection for Solar Rights and Access(72)

No local laws to protect solar rights and access.

Protecion of solar access is addressed in Chapter 19 of the Fernley Development code.

City currently at best practice.

[Z2] Promote Solar Ready Construction via Ordinances or Building Codes(15)

No local solar ready ordinances or building codes.

Explore creation of municipal ordinances which require new homes and buildings to be built solar-ready.

[Z4] Incorporate Solar Priorities into Comprehensive or Energy Action Plans(66)

Solar development is not addressed in planning documents.

Solar development is addressed in the Strattegic Energy Plan and the Fernley Development Code.

City currently at best practice.

[Z5] Update Zoning Standards and Review for Solar Installations(92)

No solar-friendly zoning ordinances and regulations.

Solar-frienly zoning standards are in place.

City currently at best practice.

showFinancing Options

Current Progress:
1 of 2 goals achieved

[F6] Encourage Local Financial Stakeholders to Establish New Solar Loan Programs(63)

No current local solar loan program.

Will upload/ link by mid February.

Encourage local financial institutions to establish loan programs for solar energy systems.

[F7] Promote Availability of Existing Solar Finance Options and Evaluation Tools(38)

Limited awareness of these tools locally.

Solar finance options information is available for the public.

City currently at best practice.

showSolar Market Development

Current Progress:
3 of 5 goals achieved

[M1] Support Aggregate Procurement Program for Residential Sector(40)

No current residential solar procurement program.

City is exploring solar PV aggregation program for the residential sector.

City currently at best practice.

[M2] Support Aggregate Procurement Program for Commercial Sector(6)

No current commercial solar procurement program.

Establish a working group of businesses and commercial property owners to leverage their solar purchasing power by aggregating facilities for solar evaluation and procurement to reduce energy costs while demonstrating community leadership.

[M6] Explore Installing Solar at Municipal Facilities, Including Landfill and Water Treatment Facilities(62)

No known solar projects at these sites currently.

Solar feasibility study for City Hall is underway.

City currently at best practice.

[M7] Publicize Solar Workforce Development Resources and Industry Training Tools(21)

Limited awareness of these tools locally.

Provide online access to training programs and resources for the installer community and potential workforce and organize an outreach and/or training event in order to generate awareness and understanding.

[M8] Provide Solar Educational Resources to Constituents(77)

Limited awareness of and access to these resources currently.

Educational resources are available to City residents and installers.

City currently at best practice.