Town okays ordinance and resident’s solar installation

Posted on March 5, 2008. Filed under: Solar |


From an article by Ed Lowe in the Appleton Post-Crescent:

GRAND CHUTE — Resident Donna Kuether’s bid to erect a 23-foot-tall solar collector in her backyard got the town’s go-ahead Tuesday, nearly a year after she purchased most of the equipment.

The Town Board spent most of that year debating its options before approving an ordinance allowing solar units like Kuether’s, provided they are set no closer to property lines than the measure of their height.

It was a clear but belated victory for Kuether, who said she will get the $26,000 system installed behind her Florida Avenue home as soon as the weather allows.

The board, by a 4-1 vote, rejected a recommendation of the town Plan Commission that would have banned systems taller than 10 feet within 100 feet of property lines. . . .

The ordinance passed Tuesday allows permits for free-standing solar systems, provided they are:

  • Sited no closer to property lines than their maximum extended height.
  • Reach no higher than the principal structure on the property.
  • Placed in rear yards. The ordinance states that neighbors will not be ordered to remove sunlight-blocking structures or vegetation. It also requires notification of permit requests for property owners within a 300-foot radius of the applicant.
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