Town of Loomis, CA

Town of Loomis, CA

SOLAR ENERGY INFORMATION HUB FOR THE TOWN OF LOOMIS

 

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

 

The Town 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 Town's interactive policy roadmap designed to increase local solar installations by making it easier and more cost-effective to "go solar".

Community Profile

6,430 population
33% renewables by 2020
7 square miles

Residential Solar Potential

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Roadmap

The ASTI team has worked in close coordination with the Town 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:
7 of 15 goals achieved
47%
Planned
Local Priority

[P1-CA] (AB2188 Mandate) Use Standard Permit Application Materials Specific to PV Systems(32)

Has a standard permit application for residential PV systems

The Town's website includes a building permit application, a residential PV packet, and residential submittal requirements which can be accessed here: http://www.loomis.ca.gov/page_11.html.

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

Residential requirements and permits are listed on the Town's website

Building permit forms and residential specific PV forms are available on the Town's website: http://www.loomis.ca.gov/page_11.html.

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

Application not able to be submitted online

Allow email submittal of permit application forms for qualifying projects.

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

There is one building permit submittal required for residential and for commercial PV projects

City currently at best practice for residential and commercial projects.

[P5-CA] Post Permit and Inspection Process Information and Fee Schedule Online(40)

Limited process information available online.

Post information on the solar permitting and inspection process online in an easily accessible location. This should include the process steps, timelines, fees, point of contact, and any other pertinent information.

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

No information about an expedited permitting process

The Town has adopted an ordinance to be in compliance with AB 2188.

"The building department shall adopt an administrative, nondiscretionary review process to expedite approval of small residential rooftop solar energy systems." More information can be found here: http://qcode.us/codes/loomis/view.php?topic=11-11_12-11_12_060&frames=on

[P7-CA] Base Residential Permit Fee on Actual Cost to Administer(55)

Permit fees are based on building evaluations. There is no base fee.

Base residential permit fees on cost recovery, or if a flat fee is used keep the fee amount under $250.

[P8-CA] Base Commercial Permit Fee on Actual Cost to Administer(37)

No specific information about commercial permits on the Town's website.

Base commercial permit fees on cost recovery, or if a flat fee is used keep the fee amount under $500.

[P9] Minimize Inspection Turnaround Time(147)

No specific information about inspection turnaround time on the Town's website.

Put information on the Town's website to let residents and business owners know about the timeline for building inspection.

[P10] Offer Convenient Inspection Scheduling(94)

Currently inspections are performed in the morning and not on Wednesdays.

While there is information on the time the inspections will be performed, there is no information on the length of the inspection. Provide an appointment window of 2 hours or less if possible. There is also 24 notice before an inspection is to take place. Provide real time updates prior to arrival so contractor is aware and prepared.

[P11-CA] (AB2188 Mandate) Require only 1 Inspection Visit(6)

No specific information about number of inspections on the Town's website.

According to code 11.12.060 H: "Only one inspection may be required and performed by the building department for small residential rooftop solar energy systems eligible for expedited review." More information available here: http://qcode.us/codes/loomis/view.php?topic=11-11_12-11_12_060&frames=on

[P12-CA] (AB2188 Mandate) Adopt an Inspection Checklist(13)

There is a residential PV checklist. The residential PV checklist can be found here: http://www.loomis.ca.gov/filesystem/Solar_Packet.pdf

[P13-CA] (AB2188 Mandate) Allow a Structural Exemption for Qualifying Systems(26)

No specific information about structural exemptions on the Town's website.

Allow an exemption from structural analysis or structural PE stamp requirements for residential systems that meet certain structural criteria. This is an AB 2188 requirement for all rooftop systems under 10kW.

[P14-CA] Understand New California Solar-Specific Building, Electrical, and Fire Codes (Title 24)(55)

No specific information about 2013 codes on the Town's website.

Review latest changes to the 2013 California Building, Residential, Electrical, Energy, and Fire Codes that apply to Solar PV installations.

[P15-CA] (AB2188 Mandate) Adopt An Expedited Solar Permitting Ordinance(4)

Loomis has not adopted an AB 2188 related ordinance

Loomis has adopted an AB 2188 ordinance which can be found here: http://qcode.us/codes/loomis/view.php?topic=11-11_12&frames=on

showPlanning & Zoning

Current Progress:
0 of 5 goals achieved
0%
Planned

[Z1-CA] Develop a Local Ordinance that Protects Solar Rights and Access(36)

State laws provide limited protection for solar rights and solar access, but no local ordinance

Solar rights are protected by state legislation. Consider creating local ordinances that exceed the CA Solar Rights Act and Solar Shade Control Act, which would protect property owners' right to install solar and ensure their property has unobstructed access to direct sunlight.

[Z2-CA] Develop a Local Ordinance that requires Solar Ready Construction(15)

No local ordinance exists

Explore creation of municipal ordinances which require new homes and buildings to be built solar-ready. Sample standards include a solar zone on roof, pre-installed conduits, space for inverter, spare breaker space in electrical panel for solar interconnection.

[Z4-CA] Incorporate Solar Priorities into Comprehensive, Energy or Climate Action Plans(45)

The Town of Loomis has a Strategic Energy Resources Report which was created by the Sierra Business Council. Ideally, the Town will integrate these solar-related goals into long-term planning documents such as comprehensive plans, energy action plans, or climate action plans to support a growing market in the community. The strategic energy resources report can be found here: http://www.loomis.ca.gov/filesystem/Strategic_Energy_Resource_Guide.pdf

[Z5-CA] Update Local Zoning Standards and Review for Solar Installations(32)

Zoning code does not specifically address solar.

Ensure the zoning codes and ordinances that govern solar installations do not adversely affect property owners' ability to install solar. CA Solar Rights Act requires that local governments use an administrative, non-discretionary review process for on-site solar energy systems.

[Z6-CA] Update Local Zoning Standards and Review for Solar Installations - Historic and Viewshed Areas(14)

Zoning code does not specifically address solar.

Ensure the zoning codes and ordinances that govern solar installations in aesthetically sensitive areas do not adversely affect property owners' ability to install solar. Allow staff members to review and approve applications when possible rather than requiring committee or planning commission review. CA Solar Rights Act requires that local governments use an administrative, non-discretionary review process for on-site solar energy systems that do not place restrictions on visual or aesthetic concerns.

showFinancing Options

Current Progress:
1 of 2 goals achieved
50%
Planned

[F5a] Explore Implementation of Local PACE Financing Pilot Program (73)

Local implementation of PACE financing pilot program through mPower Placer

mPower Placer is the local PACE program for Loomis, CA.

[F7] Promote Availability of Existing Solar Finance Options and Evaluation Tools(37)

Limited promotion of solar finance options and tools

Publicize the availability of local solar finance options and solar evaluation tools for potential buyers. This can be done via webinars, marketing materials, or by providing links and information online.

showSolar Market Development

Current Progress:
1 of 5 goals achieved
20%
Planned

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

No such programs known to exist locally.

Support the creation of a working group of community leaders and funding providers. This group would evaluate options and determine the most viable approach for aggregating residential solar based on best practices to determine the most viable approach for aggregating residential solar based on best practices to date.

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

No such programs known to exist locally.

Support the creation of a working group of community leaders and funding providers. This group would evaluate options and determine the most viable approach for aggregating residential solar based on best practices to determine the most viable approach for aggregating residential solar based on best practices to date.

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

No known solar projects at these sites currently

Establish a working group to identify solar feasibility at municipal facilities, including landfill and water treatment sites.

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

No industry specific information on Town's website

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. Publicize these events, along with external resources/trainings, through various community outreach channels.

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

There is information on various workshops and local resources for residents

Loomis has provided free homeowners workshops on solar energy and has a "useful links" page which lists several energy efficiency related links: http://www.loomis.ca.gov/useful_links.html

Resources