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San Diego #2 in Nation for Solar

Solar installations in San Diego have grown 76.6 percent in two years, making the city the metropolitan area with the second-highest number of solar panels in the country, according to a report released by an environmental group.

“San Diego really shines when it comes to solar power,” Michelle Kinman, clean energy advocate for Environment California Research and Policy Center, said at a news conference Friday.

In its annual report, Environment California looked at 64 cities nationwide. With 189 megawatts of installed photovoltaic capacity at the end of 2015, San Diego trails only Los Angeles, which ended the year at 215 megawatts.

But San Diego finished above Los Angeles on a per capita basis.

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San Diego averaged 136 watts of installed solar per person while Los Angeles had 55 watts. Nationally, San Diego finished fourth in per capita solar, trailing only Honolulu, Indianapolis and San Jose.

In the each of three years of the Environment California rankings, San Diego has finished No. 2 in the nation in total solar installations. The city grew 76.6 percent since the end of 2013 and increased 26 percent from last year’s rankings.

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San Diego fights new utility charges on rooftop solar

The city of San Diego said changes to rooftop solar tariffs proposed by California utilities would hamper the renewable energy market and interfere with local plans to address climate change.

The city, in filings Tuesday with state utility regulators, took issue with a request from San Diego Gas & Electric to add a monthly “grid connection” fee for solar customers as well as special charges based on peak periodic energy use, regardless of overall monthly electricity consumption.

California utility regulators are reconsidering the current “net metering” tariff that provides bill credits for solar energy at the full retail electricity rate. SDG&E says grid-connected solar customers are avoiding their fair share of costs for infrastructure and utility programs, forcing it to increase bills for nonsolar customers.

read more: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2015/sep/01/city-utility-clash-rooftop-solar/