Neighborhood obstacles to small-scale power

We’re all familiar with the high-profile battles that often accompany utility-scale energy projects. But small, residential energy projects can face similar obstacles.

Last week, the Minneapolis Star Tribune looked at how many cities lack the regulatory framework to deal with small wind turbines, making it difficult to obtain proper permits and even prompting legal fights.

EnergyNOW highlights some other examples of homeowners facing bureaucratic hurdles when trying to install renewable energy systems on their own property. In one case, a homeowner is told he can’t put solar panels on a sun-drenched pier because structures aren’t permitted on the water. Another is initially required to plant 23 new trees to replace the one he wanted to cut down to allow more sunlight to reach his roof:

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