Phoenix City Council is trying to make it cheaper and easier for residents to install solar panels in their homes.

Mayor Kate Gallego said a recently approved measure was maximizing the number of roof panels allowed.

Most residential solar systems in Phoenix are on roofs. This week’s council action means homeowners are now getting more roof space for panels. More panels mean more kilowatt hours of photovoltaic electricity.

“They help to reduce your bill and ensure that your system pays for itself even faster than it would otherwise,” said Gallego.

The mayor and council also approved a new inspection team to work on solar and energy systems for residential buildings. The move adds resources to an existing program as residents have stated they want to avoid lengthy inspection delays.

“The number of applications has increased enormously. We believe that we are on the right track to double the number of applications, ”said Gallego.