San Francisco mandates rooftop photo voltaic panels beginning in 2017

San Francisco mandates rooftop solar panels starting in 2017

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San Francisco has been pushing towards one hundred pc of its power to return from renewable assets for some time now. And to additional that, the town lately handed laws that might require new development to put in photo voltaic panels on constructing roofs — an extension of present laws that said 15 % of a rooftop be reserved for photo voltaic use. The town says that is the primary mandate of its type, and that new buildings 10-tales tall or shorter should set up photovoltaic panels or photo voltaic water heaters. The regulation will not go into impact till January 1st subsequent yr.

Nevertheless, this might simply be seen as political grandstanding. The variety of sub-10-flooring buildings going up in San Francisco is fairly low, particularly when it comes to residential development. Greater than that, buildings are already up towards robust opposition from residents for blocking daylight, so having something blocking energy sources might trigger comparable conditions.

We have reached out to the San Francisco Planning Division and the town’s Division of Constructing Inspection for remark and can replace this submit ought to both reply.