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San Francisco to require new small buildings to add solar panels

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San Francisco will start requiring all new buildings under 10-stories to add solar panels.

The new law, passed this week by the Board of Supervisors, is the first of its kind in the United States for a major city. Two smaller cities in California, Sebastopol and Lancaster, have similar requirements in place.

The ordinance was passed unanimously and will go into effect January, 2017. It builds on an existing state law which requires all new small and mid-sized building make a portion of their roof solar-ready. For single family homes, that means 250-square-feet needs to be free of any obstructions or shade. On larger buildings it's 15% of the roof.

The regulation isn't going to impact a large number of buildings because of the limited amount of new construction happening in the area. However...


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