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Clean Energy Made Easier
October 2008 | by George Webb

This is the first of a series of occasional reports on the activities of Del Mar’s Energy Issues Advisory Committee. The Del Mar City Council created the committee in June 2005 to advise the Council on issues such as renewable energy for municipal, residential and business buildings in Del Mar, to seek combined efforts with other regional groups in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, and to promote clean and reliable energy savings options in Del Mar.

One of the first energy issues the Committee has looked into is Del Mar’s potential for solar photovoltaic (PV) electrical power generation and what obstacles a resident might face in obtaining a building permit for a PV system. Here are the few steps to getting a Del Mar PV permit:

  1. Bring two copies of the PV system plans from the installer (electrical, mechanical, PV manufacturer’s specs if available) to the planning desk in City Hall.
  2. The Planning Department will review the plans, usually while you wait, then stamp and return the plans to you with a Transmittal form. There is no Del Mar fee and no other design review.
  3. Drop off the plans and Transmittal form at the City of Solana Beach Building Department, 635 S. Highway 101, for plan check. They issue building permits for Del Mar.
  4. This plan check costs $160 and takes one to two days.
  5. Receive back the plans and the building permit.
  6. After installing the system, call the Building Inspector (858) 720-4451 for an inspection appointment.
  7. Inspection typically takes place in one day.
  8. After passing inspection, the Building Inspector notifies SDG&E for you.

That’s all there is to it. The PV permit process itself usually takes less than a week and costs only $160. There are no other permits or reviews required.

George Webb is a member of Del Mar’s Energy Issues Advisory Committee.



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