Sunny San Diego fights new utility charges on rooftop solar
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Sunny 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.…
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Navy signs largest-ever U.S. solar deal
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Navy signs largest-ever U.S. solar deal

The Navy announced Thursday that it will buy power from a sprawling solar farm in the Arizona desert to help power 14 military installations in California, in the largest renewable energy purchase by the U.S. government to date. San Diego-based Sempra Energy expects to have the Mesquite 3 solar facility online in 2016. The 150 megawatt solar array is being built at a power complex 60 miles west of Phoenix, and has the capacity to power nearly 100,000 California households at one time by one common measure. The Western Area Power Administration, which markets and delivers hydroelectric power across 15…
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