John Brandi 9 p.m., Sept. 17
San Diego County Increases Number of Solar Permits
Solar energy projects are increasing in San Diego County. By June 2012, the county predicts the number of permits for solar projects will shoot up by 36 percent when compared to July 2010 to June of this year. The 1,336 permits that are expected to be issued this year total 903 more than were issued two years ago.
“The increasing number of solar permits issued despite the struggling economy illustrates that county residents also want energy independence,” said Supervisor Ron Roberts, who recommended the fee-waiver in 2001. “It also shows just how much potential our region has to become a leader in green, renewable energy.”
The growing number of permits shows more and more residents are choosing to power their homes with solar energy. It's a trend that, according to a county press release, is a result of actions by the board of supervisors to waive permit fees for residential solar projects.