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santa moncia forces solar panels to the back of the bus

Santa Monica is making it more difficult for citizens of their city to go solar all of a sudden. A city known to be friendly to solar panels have all of a sudden changed their tune by introducing a city ordinance that would require solar panels to be installed on the least visible area. According to the city council document the pending city ordinance states: A critical aspect in evaluating where to install photovoltaic systems, especially on an existing building, is the performance of the system. However, there is no reason that the solar installation professional should not also consider aesthetic aspects when designing a system. To address this concern while retaining a ministerial review process, the proposed ordinance would require solar equipment to be installed in the location that is least visible from the street, with the provision that energy performance is not significantly reduced or the cost of the solar system is not significantly increased compared to a location that is more visible from the street. The new city ordinance was introduced on June 30th but still needs to go through a second hearing before it goes live. The city of Santa Monica claims that by requiring citizens to install solar panels on the least visible location, it would help the city streamline the permitting process, what a bunch of baloney! If anyone from the city of Santa Monica is reading this blog post, especially a city official. What I want you to know is that by forcing citizens to install solar panels in the least visible location the city is BREAKING THE LAW. According to California’s Solar Rights Act It’s illegal for any city to create unreasonable barriers to the installation of solar energy systems, including, but not limited to, design review for aesthetic purposes. The only reason the city can block you from installing solar panels in the area you prefer is if the solar panels pose a public health concern. check out the paper below highlighting real case studies of the California Solar Rights...

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Energy efficiency hits the Famous Santa Monica Pier ferris wheel

Aside from the fact that the Santa Monica Pier ferris has been a staple of Los Angeles, they don’t call it famous for nothing. The ferris wheel has been featured in Hollywood hit movies, music videos and is not only the most famous ferris wheel in the world but its the most energy efficient. Its the only solar powered ferris wheel in the entire world, Santa Monica has an abundance of solar resources, pacific park understands how to take advantage of solar power and now energy efficiency. Solar Panels that power the ferris wheel is old news, but the recent upgrade to LED bulbs that light up the ferris wheel is now saving the pacific park even more money by reducing their power consumption. Becoming more energy efficient now allows the ferris wheel to maximize on its solar power system more effectively. Combining solar panels with energy efficiency lighting is the best value a solar power system can offer but very rarely accomplished. If you’re considering solar panels, pairing up LED lighting with a solar electric system can be one of the best moves you can make. LED lights have a lifetime of over 10 years, do not contain harmful mercury like CFL light bulbs and use the faction of power a CFL or Incandescent uses. LED lights produce less heat and have a brighter output compared to older lighting technology. LED is the future of lighting and the famous Santa Monica Pier is leading the...

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