To protect the oil industry
Reader comment on: Solar Permits
Submitted by ben (United States), Jan 20, 2011 10:10
We need to regulate solar panels so the oil industry can continue its dominance. Or perhaps a less cynical view would be to insure we don't start electrical fires when they aren't installed safely, or insure that they don't create an eyesore (think mobile cell towers along freeways) that a community doesn't want.
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The Future of Capitalism replies:
Why would a homeowner want to start an electrical fire in his own home, or a panel-installer want to create one? This seems like the sort of thing where the homeowner and the installer have a much greater incentive on their own to be safe than does the city, which has a much smaller financial stake in the outcome than do the homeowner and the installer. If fire is the concern, bill the homeowner or the installer for the cost of fire-department response to electrical fire caused by improperly installed solar panels.
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