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South Miami Will Soon Require Solar Panels On All New Homes

By Brian Spaen

California cities have begun to enforce residents install solar panels on new homes, and it looks like that trend is heading to other states. South Miami will soon become the first city in Florida to pass similar legislation. 

Despite some objection from property owners and developers in the area, South Miami will have enough votes to pass the new law. Effective immediately, new homes must have solar panels on the rooftops and any property owner that increases their square footage by 75 percent will need to tack them on as well. The city joins three other cities, most notably San Francisco, in the state of California.

Philip K. Stoddard, Mayor of South Miami, is firmly behind the push toward renewable energy. According to a report from The Real Deal, Stoddard believes that “making property owners install solar panels would help reduce carbon emissions and rising temperatures.” With a focus on his family and children’s future, the movement “benefits everybody except auto companies and the utilities.”