Required solar panels in South Miami
In 2017, South Miami became the first municipality in Florida and the first in the U.S. outside California to require solar panels on new houses. The ordinance applies to the dozen or so new single-family houses built in the city each year, as well as a few townhomes. It also applies to major home renovations.
South Miami encompasses only about 2.3 square miles, and it’s mostly built out. Mayor Philip K. Stoddard, who championed the measure, acknowledges that the direct environmental impact of the city’s ordinance will be small. But, says the Florida International University biological sciences professor, it was a measure “within my reach.”
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