Locals Laws Stop the Setting Sun on Solar Installations

Two bills pending in the Montgomery County Council aim to increase the use of renewable energy in the suburban Maryland County. At a time when the number of households installing solar panels on their roofs declined last year, the first annual decline since 2000, and a decline by more than 15% when compared with the year before, following 5 years of growth that averaged nearly 50% a year, many believe that the growth of onsite renewable energy is not sustainable in the current environment. These two bills are models, replicable across the country, for promoting more solar installations. Bill 12-18, Real Property – New Home Sales Contracts – Solar Panel Systems, sponsored by Councilmembers Marc Elrich and Tom Hucker, was introduced on March 20, 2018 and a public hearing is scheduled for this week on April 10. Bill 12-18 would require the seller of a newly constructed single-family home to give the buyer an option to install a solar panel system. It would also require…

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