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Sol Francisco: New Building Rule

Who says the members of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors can’t agree on anything? Apparently they are brought together by the sun. On April 19, the supervisors voted unanimously to pass legislation requiring new residential and commercial buildings in the city to have solar panels installed.

“Activating underutilized roof space is a smart and efficient way to promote the use of solar energy and improve our environment,” said the bill’s author, Supervisor Scott Wiener. “We need to continue to pursue aggressive renewable energy policies to ensure a sustainable future for our city and our region.”

The law builds on longstanding goals for the city to get 100 percent of its electricity through renewable energy, and it makes San Francisco the first major U.S. city to require solar on new construction.

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