The City of Belmont has long supported the installation of solar energy systems by offering over-the-counter plan review, low-cost or no-cost permitting fees, and single inspections of installed systems. Solar energy systems include photovoltaic installations, solar domestic water heating, and solar pool heating. In conformance with Assembly Bill No. 2188, which mandates the expeditious processing of solar permits, the City has adopted a Streamlined Solar Permitting Ordinance. Assembly Bill No. 2188 cites the California Solar Permitting Handbook as a source for submittal requirements, standardized plans, and inspection checklists for solar energy installations.