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San Diego Makes 6-fold Hike In Solar Power Fees

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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.