News: Solar Power Ordinance

News: Solar Power Ordinance

Amber Byfield
Aug 7, 2008

80708_solarpower.jpgWhat happens when a city steps in to make a big, green move? We already touched on the fee for using plastic bags, but what about something more permanent, like solar paneling. . . Read below the jump to find out what's happening in one European city.

Marburg, Germany, has found itself asking the question, "Just how far will we make our citizens go for the environment?" The city council is now requiring solar panels on all new buildings--as well as older ones undergoing renovation. As far as we could tell, there are no monetary credits or breaks available for homeowners who put panels on their homes, but there is a fine if they don't follow the new ordinance.

While this seems a fantastic leap toward better stewardship, it also has critics who say that it's simply too expensive to require this of builders and remodelers.

What steps has your city taken to tread more lightly on the earth? Do you agree with Marburg's decision? Would these type of requirements prevent you from adding on to your home, or encourage you?

Photo: Rolf Oeser for The New York Times

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