Here Comes the Sun
The use of solar energy in homes and industry seems to be expanding at light speed. For many municipalities across the nation, adding solar power as a clean energy source has required municipalities to make significant changes to the renewable energy section of their local Codes. In fact, many of our clients in New England have recently passed legislation to regulate the use of solar energy in their communities. Here are some examples of their Codes that you can view in eCode360:
- The Town of Barre, MA has an entire chapter to promote the creation of new large-scale ground-mounted solar photovoltaic installations by providing standards. Chapter 204: Solar Energy Facilities.
- The Town of Shapleigh, ME addresses solar panels in their Code. Chapter 105: Zoning § 105-54 Solar considerations.
- The City of Gardner, MA has an overlay district with solar requirements. Chapter 675: Zoning § 675-580 Large-Scale Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Overlay District.
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