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Phoenix updates fire code to allow solar panels on more roof space

Jun 4, 2021, 4:05 AM
(AP Photo/Matt York)...
(AP Photo/Matt York)
(AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX — The Phoenix City Council on Wednesday voted to update regulations to make it easier and more cost effective for residents to have solar panels installed.

The amended fire code and fee structure is aimed at allowing homeowners to utilize more roof space for panels.

Phoenix officials expect permits to double as a result of the code change.

“We are continuously creating solutions that allow us to serve our residents efficiently and do our part to facilitate the clean energy transition,” Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said in a press release.

“Today’s votes will advance solar in Phoenix and residents will have more usable space to implement solar, fostering increased renewable energy generation.”

The City Council also approved a new energy system inspection program that will create five positions and provide additional funding for vehicles and supplies.

The program’s team will review and inspect photovoltaic and energy storage systems.

Phoenix ranked fourth in total solar installed in Environment America’s 2020 Shining Cities report

“Phoenix is a national leader for solar on city facilities,” Gallego said. “It will be great to see this on more neighborhood rooftops.”

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Phoenix updates fire code to allow solar panels on more roof space