Regulations Require New Small San Francisco Buildings to Add Solar Panels
A new law passed this week requires all San Francisco new buildings that are less than ten stories to add solar panels. The Board of Supervisors passed the law and is the very first of its kind in the U. S for a major city. Among other smaller cities, Sebastopol and Lancaster in California already has similar kind of requirements. The ordinance which was passed unanimously will be effective from January, 2017.
Jeanie Cotter, president of local solar company Luminalt said, "San Franciscans have an independent spirit and sometimes we don't like to be told to do something. But the practical reality is people are embracing solar. The individuals that are building in San Francisco are putting up solar anyway because it makes environmental sense and it makes economic sense."
The new law is a build up on an already existent law in the state that requires every new small and middle size buildings to make a part of their roof solar-ready. That means, the single family homes require 250-square-feet to be free of obstructions or shade. For bigger buildings that requirement is fifteen percent.
Although the new law is not expected to impact too many buildings as there is a limited amount of new construction taking place in the area. But some developers might still grumble.