September 22, 2014
RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - It just got a lot cheaper to install rooftop solar systems for residents in one San Francisco Bay area city.
The Contra Costa Times reports (http://bit.ly/19MExvF) the City Council in Richmond voted unanimously Tuesday to slash permit prices for residential solar panel installations from $615 to $100. It's a move city leaders hope will jump start solar investments in local neighborhoods.
At $100, Richmond's price becomes the lowest in the Bay Area, tied with neighboring El Cerrito.
The newspaper says Richmond is one of nine East Bay cities that have moved to streamline and reduce the cost of the permitting process. The others are Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Hayward, Oakland and San Leandro.
Richmond Planning Director Richard Mitchell says the city issued 90 solar permits in the last year.
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