Santa Monica City Council votes to require solar on all new construction

By Kelly Pickerel The Santa Monica City Council voted to approve an ordinance requiring rooftop solar systems for all new construction in the City of Santa Monica—both residential and commercial. The ordinance goes into effect at the end of May 2016 and continues the City’s history of adopting local requirements that advance the transition to high performance, green buildings for all.
The timing of the ordinance capitalizes on market trends in the solar industry. With the cost of solar installation continuing to decrease, Santa Monica residents and developers will now generate cost-effective renewable energy, improve the value of their property, and contribute to the

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