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City council supports renewable energy

Madison (WKOW) -- from City of Madison:  Tuesday, Madison's City Council passed an ordinance amendment, sponsored by Alders Satya Rhodes-Conway, Marsha Rummel and Brian Solomon, that makes solar and wind energy systems "permitted accessory uses" under Madison's Zoning Code.

  The change will also update City codes to reflect current technology and practices.

  "Madison residents are really creative and dedicated when it comes to sustainability and preserving our environment," said Ald. Rhodes-Conway, the lead sponsor of the amendment.  "This is a small, but important, change that will make it easier to install renewable energy systems."

  Under this ordinance amendment, residents will be able to install solar and wind energy systems on their homes just like they can put in a storage shed or garage.

  "Many Madisonians choose to install solar systems to lower their utility bills," said Ald. Rummel. "We want to encourage them to do so."

  All solar and wind projects will still need to comply with existing City rules - for example, they will need building and other applicable permits.

  Projects incorporating solar or wind as one component of the project will still be subject to all the normal reviews.

  "This is just one small way for the City to support renewable energy," said Ald. Solomon. "I hope that it will lead to more solar systems in Madison."

  The ordinance includes restrictions on the height of wind turbines on towers:  they must be set back from lot lines at least as much as their height or have an easement from the adjoining property.

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