Alabama makes it easier to install residential solar power systems

Monday, July 30, 2012 @ 12:07 PM
posted by rene5432

Residents of Huntsville, Alabama, may soon be able to harness the power of the sun for a much lower price, and it could even become the newest way they can lower their electricity bills, The Huntsville Times reports.

According to the news source, City Hall is currently deciding on a measure that would allow the use of solar panels on all residential and business structures. The panels would be able to be installed on the ground, poles or on the roofs of structures.

The only restriction would be that homeowners could not place solar panels in their front yards, and that the panels could not be placed higher than existing zoning laws.

"This is very much in line with what other cities have," said urban planner Lisa Leddo.

However, Morton Archibald, president of the Alabama Solar Association, says these restrictions could still limit installations.

"It's better than nothing," Archibald said. "But it's a long way from a good ordinance."

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Alabama ranked sixth among all states in 2010 for net electricity generation from renewable energy sources, including wind and solar. 

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