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Glencoe planning commission recommends solar ordinance

The city of Glencoe’s planning commission approved a final draft of a solar ordinance for the city at the regular meeting Thursday night.
Commissioners David Stark and Lynn Exsted compiled the ordinance using several samples from other cities.
“We tried to make it short, clear and concise,” Stark said. “We wanted it to be easy for people to follow.”
The ordinance outlines standards to be followed by those using solar power and requires approval of plans and compliance with building, electric and plumbing codes.
Ground-mounted collectors will be required to be less than 20 feet tall and located in the rear yard only. Council Member Gary Ziemer said he especially liked the rear yard requirement.
Light and Power Manager David Meyer added a suggestion that the owner of a solar system that connects to an electrical system must enter into an interconnection agreement with the utility before a building permit can be issued.
The ordinance originally stated it applied to small-scale solar energy systems, but after discussion of what small-scale would refer to, the explanation was removed. Meyer explained most residential systems will use about 5 kilowatts, but the state does not allow any system to go above 40 kilowatts.  

For more about the ordinance, see the April 20 print edition of The Chronicle.