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Baltimore County Takes Steps to Become More Solar Business Friendly


Oct 15


Yesterday evening, Baltimore County Council voted to approve technical changes to its rules regarding solar panels. These changes will enable rooftop solar for many homeowners. In a letter dated September 26th, 2015 from MDV-SEIA’s Executive Director Dana Sleeper and nearly 30 local companies, the industry urged Councilmembers to consider language that would permit:

  • Electrical conduit to cross the 3 foot setback,
  • Drain waste vents within the 3 foot setback, and
  • Windows or doors under the 3 foot setback.

The coalition also suggested that Baltimore County match neighboring Counties by reviewing and approving project plans before a permit is issued. The lack of plan review prior to permit remittance in Baltimore County has resulted in many homeowners having their projects cancelled out of fear that the systems would not be approved by the electrical inspections department after the install has taken place.

This language creates alignment with neighboring jurisdictions and result in the re-entrance of solar companies, development, and most perhaps importantly, jobs in Baltimore County.

The change was sponsored by Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and all seven council members. Solar industry representatives have already indicated that this change will result in additional hires due to the anticipated increase in system deployment in the area.

MDV-SEIA looks forward to working with the County Council, it’s members, fire code officials, and other stakeholders to continue to expand access to solar and create jobs in the region.



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