Solar Energy Costs Differ in California

[Mercury News] Interested in solar power? How much you’ll pay in city fees to put solar panels on your home depends on where you live — and some fees around Silicon Valley are so high they are placing a cloud over renewable energy, according to a new study. Saratoga, for example, charges $95 for a permit to install solar panels on a house. Yet in Los Gatos, two miles away, city planners will sock a homeowner with a $1,287 bill for a permit to install the same system. The findings come from a survey of 40 cities in San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Benito counties by the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club. “There’s a huge gap in what various cities charge,” said Carl Mills, a Milpitas technical writer who helped compile the survey. “Something is very wrong.” For the full story, use the following link.

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