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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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City of Boulder - Solar Access Ordinance   

Last DSIRE Review: 07/23/2012
Program Overview:
State: Colorado
Incentive Type: Solar/Wind Access Policy
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Residential, Construction
Web Site:
Authority 1:
Municipal Code of Boulder 9-9-17

The City of Boulder's solar access ordinance guarantees access, or "solar fences," to sunlight for homeowners and renters in the city. This is done by setting limits on the amount of permitted shading by new construction. A solar access permit is available to those who have installed or who plan to install a solar energy system and need more protection than is provided by the ordinance. For new developments, all units which are not planned to incorporate solar features must be sited to provide good solar access and not shade adjacent structures. They must also have roofs capable of supporting at least 75 square feet of solar collectors per dwelling unit. Non-residential buildings have similar requirements for siting. When applying for a permit, a simple shadow analysis must be submitted to the city’s building department.

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