Santa Monica Restricts Solar Panel Installation
Santa Monica seems to be ashamed of those who decide to go green and want their townsfolk to erect panels that will be minimally visible from the front of the street. Their city council voted to restrict the installation of solar panels to "specific height limits, limitations on installation in the required side and rear yard setbacks, and restrictions on visibility." An exception is made if the energy production would be decreased by more than 10% or if the cost would be too high.
We think that placing them on roofs doesn't quite have the same effect psychologically. Driving by a house/building where the panels are visible indicates that its inhabitants are proud that they are helping to save the planet.
Via City of Santa Monica
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at July 21, 2009 3:07 PM