In South Miami, a new law was just passed that requires new homes being built to have solar panels installed as a part of the construction. This is an exciting development for the solar industry, and for the renewable energy economy as a whole. Far too often, new home construction is done without a thought to solar, when in actuality it is the very best time to consider it. The ability to orient a home or design a roof plane to best fit and situate solar panels can dramatically impact the production, and feasibility of any project. Solar is here to stay, and what better way to use all the space on our roofs than to create some energy from the sun?
Below is an article that appeared on www.miamiherald.com summarizing the new ordinance:
New homes will now require solar panels in South Miami, a first in Florida
Anyone building a new house in South Miami — or in some cases renovating existing ones — will have to install solar panels after the city commission approved a groundbreaking law Tuesday night.
The measure, the first of its kind in Florida, will go into effect in two months on Sept 18.
The ordinance passed 4-1 Tuesday night, with commissioner Josh Liebman dissenting.
Home renovations that replace more than 75 percent of the structure or extend the structure by more than 75 percent would also have to follow the new ordinance.
“Solar reduces the cost of home ownership, it makes houses sell faster, it returns more to a builder, it makes local jobs, and most importantly, it reduces carbon emissions today to help our children and grandchildren have a better future tomorrow,” he said Tuesday night.
Liebman said Tuesday night he is not against solar, but supports “the freedom of choice’’ for the city’s residents.
He also said he was concerned that nearly 7 percent of the city’s budget comes from fees the utility pays to the city.
“So even if we were were going to give up one-sixth of that, it would still be 1 percent of our budget. Where is the substitute?”
The commission had approved the law on first reading in early June but then tabled it on June 20 to make sure that the new regulations were in line with Florida’s building code.