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(Mon., December 24, 2012) The Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) is accepting requests for residential photovoltaic system electrical inspections that will be time-stamped 2012 to allow residents to qualify for the 2012 Renewable Energy Technologies Income Tax Credit.


Because of the large number of photovoltaic (PV) permits processed by the department, electrical inspections to close a permit have been taking longer than usual. This has concerned residents who feared an inspection after January 1 would disqualify them from the state tax credit.


Residents who have a PV system installed before January 1, 2013 are eligible to submit a request for final inspection. Two copies of the request must be brought to the Building Permit Center in the Frank Fasi Municipal Building by the close of business December 31 to receive the 2012 time stamp.


The department wishes to clarify one of the biggest misconception which exists is that the electrical contractor is responsible to call when they are ready for inspection. Inspection requests for a PV system are to be scheduled by the installer, not the owner. Many times the owners who try to schedule for an inspection do not realize that the installation is not ready for inspection, and this would cause the inspection to fail because the work has not been completed.


For more information, call DPP Customer Service Office at 768-8118.




Media contact: Curtis Lum, Public Information Officer, Department of Planning and Permitting, 768-8284.