German city requiring solar panels

From NYTimes.com: German City Wonders How Green Is Too Green

The town council took the significant step in June of moving from merely encouraging citizens to install solar panels to making them an obligation. The ordinance, the first of its kind in Germany, will require solar panels not only on new buildings, which fewer people oppose, but also on existing homes that undergo renovations or get new heating systems or roof repairs.

This is how far behind the United States is in solar usage.  In this city in Germany, they may be pushing a little too hard, too fast.  Here, we’re barely getting past the point of token encouragement for installations.  And even that’s going a way.  The program for Federal tax credits for solar are due to expire December 31, 2008.  Hopefully, the new incoming President will work to get those extended.

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