Monday, January 11, 2010
Critics say San Diego may have dimmed the enthusiasm for solar power by increasing fees 600 percent.
The city last month raised solar system inspection and plan approval fees to $565 from $93. Officials say that reflects the city's true costs. But solar advocates fear the higher fees will reduce demand for the green technology.
A report last year by the group Environment California found San Diego had more than 2,200 rooftop solar systems - more than any other city in California.
The change makes San Diego the second most-expensive place in San Diego County to obtain a solar power permit, behind National City.
People living in unincorporated county areas pay nothing because the county waives permit fees to encourage solar power.