Birmingham strengthens solar energy ordinance

Birmingham is looking to beef up its ordinance concerning solar panels.

The city’s Planning Board recommended approval of the new ordinance that would call for the city’s Planning Board to approve the installation of any solar panels installed on commercial buildings.

The idea is that solar panels aren’t generally considered visually obtrusive, but city officials would be able to guide property owners to make sure they don’t run afoul of local guidelines. The city’s Planning Division or Historic District Commission could also make these decisions.

Birmingham will hold a public hearing on the ordinance on March 23.
Source: Jana Ecker, planning director for the city of Birmingham
Writer: Jon Zemke