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

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PHOENIX – Phoenix City Council on Wednesday voted to update regulations to make installing solar panels easier and cheaper for residents.

The changed fire protection regulations and fee structure should enable homeowners to use more roof space for panels.

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

“We are continually developing solutions that enable us to serve our residents efficiently and do our part in promoting the clean energy transition,” said Kate Gallego, Mayor of Phoenix, in a press release.

“Today’s votes will promote solar energy in Phoenix and residents will have more usable space for solar energy conversion, which will encourage increased generation of renewable energies.”

The city council also approved a new energy system inspection program that creates five posts and provides additional funding for vehicles and supplies.

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

Phoenix ranks fourth in the total installed solar systems in Environment America’s Shining Cities 2020 report

“Phoenix is ​​a national leader in solar systems in urban facilities,” said Gallego. “It will be great to see this on more rooftops in the neighborhood.”

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