November 10, 2010

New Jersy law supports solar industry

 A recent law in New Jersey promotes the use of solar system technology. The statute, which was enacted in April, promotes the installation of solar systems by excluding solar panels from impervious cover calculations. Click here to read the law.

Impervious cover refers to development that encourages flooding by preventing storm water from being absorbed in the ground. Many of our development statutes limit impervious structures or require that alternative measures for addressing runoff be utilized when impervious development is approved. The purpose of these requirements is to stop flooding by encouraging on-site recharge of storm water.

Because solar panels tend to be large, they trigger many of these mitigation requirements and in certain instances have limited the approve ability of projects containing them. This new law reverses this effect by excluding these panels from impermeable calculations.

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