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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.

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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.

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I doubt that it is a result of the permit fees being waived, it's more likely a result of SDGE's rates continuously being increased. The permit fee is a very small portion of the cost of an installation.

Nov. 4, 2011

SDG&E, backed by PG&E and California Edison, is proposing a new few structure that will effectively make home solar not cost effective.

Here are excerpts of a letter of protest of SDG&E's Application No. 11-10-002 sent to CPUC by Jennifer M. Haley and Sophie A. Atkins (Best Best & Krieger LLP)

"In its Application, SDG&E has proposed a disproportionate hike in collections from those who have invested in renewable generation -- with the worst of the impacts to be suffered by solar customrs. (Indeed, SDG&E's proposed rate design is particularly targeted at solar customers. See Testimony of Chris Yunker. pp. CY-10-12)"

"As an allededly 'more sustainable' alternative, SDG&E suggests construction of solar farms by SDG&E (Testimony of Thomas Brill, p. TRB-13.)"

If this rate hike is approved, quibbling over permits will be moot.

Nov. 12, 2011

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