Residential solar installer, Ipsun Solar both uses and advocates for the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) Registry. As part of the US Department of Energy’s Orange Button Initiative, the AJH Registry addresses data standardization for solar permitting. Developed by the SunSpec Alliance, a trade alliance of more than 100 solar and storage distributed energy industry participants, and Blu Banyan, a software company combating climate change, the AHJ Registry is a free tool for anyone to use.

The AHJ Registry is a crowdsourced, public registry that allows solar installers to conduct comprehensive code research before building. Blu Banyan’s SolarSuccess software comes bundled with direct access to the AHJ Registry, and aims to eliminate the cost for solar installers to research and identify the appropriate AHJ for construction, electrical, and fire codes. Ipsun Solar runs its business operations using SolarSuccess and utilizes the connection to the AHJ Registry.

“Our sales team uses it because the AHJs are so sliced and diced, with over 36,000 AHJs across the country,” said Joe Marhamati, VP of Ipsun Solar. “When you get an address, it’s almost impossible to know 100% what AHJ it’s in unless you use a registry. The AHJ Registry is critically important on the sales side to ensure that you’re pricing jobs out correctly and setting proper expectations with customers.”