Three different policy shifts are largely playing out in favor of solar customers.
The dynamics of rooftop solar and its growth in the region pit San Diego Gas & Electric and solar supporters against each another.
It hasn’t always been smooth sailing for San Diego Unified’s solar impulses.
School districts across the county have repeatedly pushed back against San Diego Gas & Electric proposals they say could undermine their investments in solar panels.
Four years ago, San Diego Unified unveiled plans for 80 solar installments around the district. Only about half were ever built, and the district has reaped less savings than it expected as a result. Despite its struggles with solar so far, the district is preparing to ramp up its solar footprint with a major investment of bond funds.
The school district is preparing to throw tens of millions in bond money at new solar projects.
The City Council approved a measure this week to streamline permitting for residents who want to go solar. San Diego has been repeatedly praised for its fast, efficient process, and seemingly no residents or solar companies have complained.
For now, there’s only one certainty: Get solar panels now and you’ll have a better sense of how much you’ll save and how long it’ll take to recover the cost of going solar with energy bill savings. Wait and you may not get a bad deal, but it might not be as good as what’s on the table now.
Solar panels aren’t the kind of home project that can be tackled with a Home Depot run and a free afternoon. The decision to get them – and then what kind, how many and more – involves lots of research and often, a big investment.
It’s true that a large enough solar panel system will produce as much or even more power than you need, and can offset your SDG&E bills. But you’ll need more than just solar panels to actually cut the cord. “The price of independence is very high,” says one solar company leader.