Commission adding a solar panel section to ordinance
The Elbert County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved an amendment to the zoning ordinance to add a new section for regulations on large solar farms as well as solar connections to residential units during their regular monthly meeting Monday night.
After being placed on a second reading following a hearing for a first reading that was held just before the commissioners’ regular meeting, County Administrator Bob Thomas stated that the solar panel ordinance is permitted for solar panels in industrial and residential zoned areas, and that agriculture and business zone areas will require a conditional use permit for solar panels.
The ordinance also states that solar panels are not allowed on the front of a house or in the front yard of a residence and cannot exceed 20 feet in height. “There are setback requirements of a minimum of 50 feet from all property lines and 100 feet from any residence,” said Thomas.
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