Protect our right to go solar in D.C.

An unelected board is denying permits to install solar panels.

D.C.’s unelected Historical Preservation Review Board has the power to stop homeowners from installing solar due to aesthetic concerns. It used this power recently to stop a homeowner in a historic zoning district from installing solar on his home. At the hearing, board member Chris Landis said “a row of houses with solar panels on the front” upsets him.

Mayor Bowser and D.C. councilmembers should ensure that historical zoning laws do not prevent anyone from installing solar on their property.

D.C. has committed to generating 100% renewable energy, but we’ll never get there as long as roadblocks to solar like this exist. Working together, we’ve made D.C. a solar leader. Let’s keep it that way.

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