Town considering changes to loosen HDC guidelines for solar panels

(March 25, 2021) City officials are considering changes to the Historic District Commission’s guidelines for rooftop solar panels, although at least one HDC member says no changes are needed.

“We are trying to protect the appearance of this island, and solar panels on every south-facing main building are failing our mission as the HDC,” said Diane Coombs, vice chairman of the HDC.

The debate takes place a week after the Select Board overruled the HDC’s rejection of a solar system on the roof at 85 Eel Point Road.

“This is not a mission we made up,” Coombs said. “This is a federal mission. We did our best. They are supposed to put up trees or vegetation. We asked about it on Eel Point Road. “

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