CONVERTING TO SOLAR JUST GOT EASIER - San Diego
July 17, 2001
SAN DIEGO - The Board of Supervisors has approved a proposal by
Supervisor Ron Roberts to eliminate the permit fee and streamline the
permitting process for those seeking to install solar panel systems at their
"Sunshine is one of San Diego's most precious resources," said Supervisor
Roberts. "Our sunny weather adds to our quality of life, and makes our region
a world-renowned tourist destination. Now our famous sunshine may also help
us do something more - enhance our energy independence."
Under the plan the County will abolish its $100 permit fee, and call on each
the County's 18 cities to eliminate their fees, some of which can run in
excess of $1,000. The fee elimination by the County applies only to residents
who live in the unincorporated areas of San Diego County.
Prior to the energy crisis, the County processed about 12 permits per year
solar panel systems, technically known as photovoltaic systems. Over the
last two years, however, the County has witnessed a rather dramatic increase
in the number of permits issued. At the current rate of five permits per week,
the County expects to issue upwards of 250 permits this year.
"This is a promising trend that we should actively encourage by making
easier and cheaper to install photovoltaic systems," added Roberts. "Not only
do they provide long-term financial benefits, but solar power is also much
cleaner than electrical generation."