The City of South Miami is trying to pass an ordinance that would require new homes to install solar panels. I am all for solar energy and think if a house or business does not have tree cover and can install solar panels they should. However, I think instead of mandating it, cities would be better off encouraging solar by showing the economic benefits, fast-tracking permits for new construction that have solar and other sustainable qualities, and/or giving tax credits.
I spoke to a South Miami resident and he likes the idea of solar as well, but didn’t like it being mandated. He pointed out that his home has an established tree cover so solar wouldn’t work for his property. A lot of builders tear out old trees and then replant smaller, less shady trees, so another option would be to encourage them to keep the canopy cover!