San Francisco Requires Solar Panels on New Buildings

Hooray and kudos to San Francisco for taking leadership on a subject that’s near and dear to our heart. This week, in a bold and admirable move, the city became the first major U.S. city to require solar on all new commercial and residential buildings with 10 floors or less.

The mandate, which was adopted unanimously by the city’s Board of Supervisors, will start on January 1, 2017 and is expected to add 50,000 solar panels and avert 26.3 million tons of carbon dioxide annually.

“By increasing our use of solar power, San Francisco is once again leading the nation in the fight against climate change and the reduction of our reliance on fossil fuels,” said Scott Weiner, the city supervisor who introduced the bill. “Activating underutilized roof space is a smart and efficient way to promote the use of solar energy and improve our environment. We need to continue to pursue aggressive renewable energy policies to ensure a sustainable future for our city and our region.”

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“As a coastal city located on the tip of a peninsula, San Francisco is vulnerable to sea level rise, and human activities releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere cause increases in worldwide average temperature, which contribute to melting of glaciers and thermal expansion of ocean water — resulting in rising sea levels.

“San Francisco is already experiencing the repercussions of excessive CO2 emissions as rising sea levels threaten the City’s shoreline and infrastructure, have caused significant erosion, increased impacts to infrastructure during extreme tides, and have caused the City to expend funds to modify the sewer system.”

Interestingly, New York is also considering a similar move. Let’s make it happen, Big Apple!

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