Oakland

This Bay Area city just makes the top ten list for the best cities in California on the Solar Ease Index. With permitting time less than 99% of the rest of the state, Oakland residents can receive a solar permit in a single day. The $199 fee is well worth it to keep the approval process quick and move toward solar as efficient as possible.

About the Solar Ease Index

A solar rank is a combined statistic of both permit times and permit fees. The cities friendliest to solar have fast permitting times and low or non-existent fees. Unfriendly cities have long waits for permits, sometimes up to 30 days, and high fees. The goal of solar ranking reports is to help cities understand how they're helping, or hurting the efforts of homeowners to switch to clean, safe, and affordable solar energy.

Learn more about the Solar Ease Index.

Oakland

Grade

A
Average Fees, Fast Permits

Solar Rank

86.7%
0%
Worst
100%
Best

Permitting Times

1 day
30 days
Worst
0 days
Best

Permitting Fees

$199
$1,300
Worst
Free
Best