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Residential Solar Photovoltaic Systems

Photo of Solar Panels

Solar photovoltaics (PV) systems can provide affordable electricity to your residence. For existing San Diego homes and businesses that buy their power from SDG&E, solar PV systems are a viable and increasingly attractive method of generating power. Why? Solar PV systems are now more efficient than ever, and rising electric rates, incentive programs and environmental concerns have compelled many San Diegans to think seriously about installing solar PV systems.

Projects for solar PV systems can be processed at the Development Services Department located at 1222 First Ave, 4th floor, San Diego, CA 92101. Many simple residential solar PVs can now be submitted electronically.  In addition, the City of San Diego now has a professional certification program where certified contractors can obtain a permit for simple residential solar PV systems without a plan review. For more information about the Professional Certification program, PDF icon See Information Bulletin 303.

Appointments are limited to 30 minutes between the hours of 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Fridays, except certain holidays. The counter is closed for lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 619-446-5300. Contractors that have gone through the Professional Certification program may make an appointment for permits (Two maximum per appointment, Two appointments per day).

Diagram of photovoltaic system



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