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Christie Administration Goes Solar

May 7, 2010 | No Comments
Posted by Marc Policastro

On April 22, 2010 Governor Christie signed into law S-921, which is intended to smooth the way for zoning approvals involving solar panels.  The new law specifically exempts solar panels in the calculation of “impervious coverage” as defined under the Municipal Land Use Law.  Similarly, solar panels are not to be considered in determining agricultural impervious cover and shall not be determined to be an impervious “surface” in a Highlands district.  The law distinguishes between the “base or foundation” of the panel and the elevated portion of the panel itself.  The latter is exempt from impervious calculations.  Impervious cover regulations are intended to regulate the use of surface materials which, theoretically, affect water absorption rates, aesthetics and ground water runoff flow.  Solar panels are devices that capture and convert solar radiation to produce power.  New Jersey is positioning itself to be a national leader in solar installation and solar productivity.  To review a complete copy of S-921 click here http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2010/Bills/AL10/4_.PDF

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