Five Orange County Cities Charge Nothing for Solar Power Permits
In Santa Ana, Anaheim, Irvine, Laguna Beach, and Mission Viejo, one pays $0 for a permit to install solar panels. Other OC cities are lowering their fees.
Back in January 2011, the Orange County Register reported that a business in San Clemente would have to pay nearly $14,000 for a permit to install solar panels.
A Sierra Club study showed that half of OC’s cities were charging exorbitant fees for solar installation permits. The Sierra Club then decided to launch a campaign to get the cities to lower fees.
Five of the 17 highest-fee cities have since lowered their fees significantly, the Sierra Club says. (Laguna Woods, for instance, slashed it from $9,119 to $1,575.)
Seven other cities have lowered their fees as well, but are still charging amounts that exceed “reasonable cost recovery levels.” (That would include San Clemente, where permits went from $13,818 to $5,720.)
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