“Huge Disparities Across Californian Cities Impact Solar Adoption” Complete Solar Study Says

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Cities across California each have different permitting fees and wait times making the experience of switching to solar vary drastically across the state. The 'Solar Ease Index' ranks the state's best and worst cities.

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"Permit delays and expensive fees can cost thousands of dollars in missed power generation and discourage residents from switching to a cheaper, sustainable form of energy"

A new study shows how cities across California rank in making the switch to solar easy for homeowners. The Solar Ease Index, released this week by Complete Solar, reviewed permitting fees and wait times and show a huge disparity across the state.

“We want to honor those cities that work to make it easy for homeowners to switch to solar power,” Dan Garfield, Marketing Director for Complete Solar said. “Install time and fees have a huge impact on homeowners who choose to switch to solar. Permit delays and expensive fees can cost thousands of dollars in missed power generation and discourage residents from switching to a cheaper, sustainable form of energy.”

Cities on the list are ranked based on permit turnaround times and fees. All of the cities in the top ten return permits to install solar panels within a single day. The 2nd factor, permitting fees, ranged in the top 10 from $0 to $170 in San Francisco. The lowest ranked cities require anywhere from $500 to $1300 in permitting fees and can take up to 30 days to get a permit (San Mateo).

Best Ranked Cities in California:
Menlo Park
Belmont
Mill Valley
Orange
Novato
Saratoga
Berkeley
Milpitas
San Francisco
Oakland

Worst Ranked Cities in California:
Pico Rivera
Upland
Fullerton
Chino
Corona
Coronado
La Mirada
Monterey Park
Montclair
San Mateo

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