BY COUNCILOR NESS:
WHEREAS, the state of Minnesota administers a solar energy rebate program that can leverage investment in the city's local solar resource; and
WHEREAS, the city has supported pilot and demonstration projects for solar energy in private and public areas in the city; and
WHEREAS, solar energy technology promises to continue to decline in cost; and
WHEREAS, the city supports the goals of diversifying the fuel sources and fuel types used to meet energy needs in the city, limiting public and private exposure to environmental risk or regulation, increasing the security of the city's energy system through diversification and encouraging self-sufficiency; and
WHEREAS, encouraging solar energy installations in the city is consistent with the city's energy plan and cities for climate protection program; and
WHEREAS, the city supports the high performance building standards, known as the Minnesota sustainable building guidelines, which must be used for all new state buildings starting in 2004.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL, that it supports the goals of the Minnesota solar roof partnership and agrees to be a partner.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the city will continue to support its existing solar technology investments and will consider additional investments when warranted by cost, location and other considerations identified by the city.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the city supports private investment in solar roofs and similar solar technology that conform to building and land use regulations and related city policies.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The city of Duluth, becoming a solar Minnesota partner, will receive technical assistance in the following areas: review of local development policies including zoning and subdivision codes that create barriers to the installation of solar roof technology; create local regulatory or programmatic initiatives to encourage installation of solar roofs in both the public and private realms; promote installation standards and certification programs for photovoltaic (PV) and solar water heating to building code officials and to conduct workshops for certification.