Promote Solar Rights

Adopt ordinances that encourage distributed solar generation and protect solar rights and access including reasonable roof setback requirements

(150 Points)

a. Designate rooftop solar systems an allowed use in all zones of your community – 50 points

b. Work with local fire officials to craft solar-friendly setback requirements while respecting firefighter safety concerns. Document your efforts in writing.

c. Adopt policies encouraging community solar projects and arrays on multifamily buildings to help make such projects available to low-income residents and those without solar access on their roofs – 25 points

d. Adopt written goals that support balancing solar development with other community goals such as urban forestry and historic preservation – 25 points

Various policies can create a more favorable environment for solar rooftop systems. By implementing policies that allow installations and ensure access to solar access, fewer conflicts will emerge in the future.

How to make it happen

Work with the local sustainability office, historic preservation advocates, fire officials, and your urban forester to assess the feasibility of adopting policies that explicitly balance potentially competing community desires such as urban forestry, historic preservation and solar access.

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