Wednesday, January 13, 2010

San Diego raises cost for home solar installations

San Diego residents have to dig deeper into their pocketbooks if they want to install solar panels on their homes. Homeowners are required to get an installation plan approved and their solar system inspected by city officials.

The permit cost was raised sixfold to $565 from $93. City officials told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the City Council changed its policy of subsidizing solar installations.

The $565 fee stems from recommendations of a study into what the City Council should charge to ensure that the permit fee covers the city’s cost of issuing solar permits and inspecting home installations. The city commissioned that study for $80,000. San Diego city officials plan to review permit fees annually, the newspaper reported on Jan. 11.

The Sierra Club surveyed the cost of home solar permits across California, and Los Angeles-area cities had the highest fees at $1,500.

I have a sixth-sense that solar advocates and the solar industry will push for lower fees.

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