Ald. Tony Zielinski
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Legislation would require solar for new small residential housing projects

News release from Alderman Tony Zielinski

By - Sep 13th, 2018 03:41 pm

Alderman Tony Zielinski is proposing legislation that would require solarpowered energy systems for new residential construction projects of fewer than three stories in the City of Milwaukee.

The legislation – currently being drafted by the Legislative Reference Bureau – would be similar to solar requirements for residential housing required by the state of California, Alderman Zielinski said.

“The average investment for the solar systems will be about $10,000 per unit, but that will be quickly recouped in energy savings for owners and investors,” he said.

“Those reduced energy costs will help people pay off their mortgage sooner and will help reduce greenhouse gases that are negatively impacting the environment.”

The legislation provides exceptions for any dwelling where construction has begun prior to January 1, 2019 and any site where the effective annual solar access is restricted to less than 80 contiguous square feet by shading from any existing permanent natural or manmade barrier external to the dwelling, including but not limited to a tree, hill, or adjacent structure.

Alderman Zielinski said he expects the solar legislation to be scheduled soon before the Common Council’s Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee.

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