Across the bay, the city of St. Petersburg wants to force homeowners to add solar panels anytime they put on a new roof.http://reason.com/blog/2017/08/31/st-petersburg-wants-to-force-you-to-put
They might make an exception for existing homes, but any new buildings, the city council at wants panels. And the homeowner or building owner gets to foot the bill. For another $10K. That’s about three times what I paid to put a new roof on my house last year. It’s about double what my mom paid for her roof.
All the council wants to focus on is all the energy they think this will generate. They refuse to think about:
Solar isn’t as efficient as they expect.
The cost to upgrade the grid to handle all that new energy generation.
It will slow down development in St. Pete due to rising costs.
People will have to take on more debt to do roof replacements. This will most likely lead to an uptick in foreclosures because some people will be unable to pay.
Those who have to save up the cash will forgo necessary roof replacements, which will lead to even more problems, and more drains on people’s limited resources.
Of course, it’s not their money. So why should they give a damn if their brilliant idea hurts people.