City Council Notices

Posted on: October 25, 2016

NEW SOLAR ENERGY ORDINANCE

Newsflash: A new Solar Energy Ordinance is proposed to support solar energy installations in Portland.

More: The proposed New Solar Energy Ordinance clarifies and expands the permitting framework to allow: a) installation of smaller solar energy systems with just a building permit and minimal limitations; and b) installation of larger systems (including community solar farms and City initiatives) subject to site plan review to ensure that performance standards are addressed. The ordinance is relatively permissive and also takes account of any potential impacts.

The ordinance is focused on providing a framework for solar energy installations that are likely in the near future. Staff expect to add sections in the future to address questions that have been raised regarding solar energy systems in Historic Districts/Cemeteries, how to encourage solar access and solar readiness, and possibly the introduction of incentives for solar energy installations.

The new ordinance will be subject of a City Council second reading on November 7th, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. and public comments will be taken at the meeting. Written public comments may be sent to Jean Fraser, Planning Division, at jf@portlandmaine.gov

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