EPIC Releases Analysis of California Solar Laws


Energy Policy Initiatives Center Releases Analysis of Solar Laws

Findings offer consumers information about

California’s solar access laws

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San Diego, Calif., January 24, 2007—The Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC), a nonprofit research center at the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law, recently released two papers that provide a detailed analysis and information about two of California’s landmark solar access laws.


According to Scott Anders, EPIC’s director, “we revisited these laws for two main reasons: consumers and businesses often misunderstand the provisions and application of these laws; and the new California Solar Initiative (CSI) will encourage tens of thousands of new solar energy systems in the state. Such a dramatic increase in the number of solar installations will likely lead to many new questions about solar access in California.”


The papers examine California’s Solar Shade Control Act, which prohibits nearby trees and shrubs from shading qualifying solar energy systems, and the Solar Rights Act, which limits the ability of homeowners associations and local governments from placing restrictions on solar energy system installations. The papers are intended to reduce the frequency of solar access disputes by providing solar energy users and other parties with more information about the content and application of California’s solar laws.


“As more and more homeowners and businesses consider installing solar energy technologies in urban and suburban environments, understanding provisions of these existing laws will become increasingly important,” Anders added.


To download copies of the papers, please see the EPIC website at www.sandiego.edu/epic.


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Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC)

EPIC is an academic and research center of the University of San Diego School of Law that studies how energy policy issues affect the San Diego County region and California. EPIC integrates research and analysis, law school study and public education, and provides legal and policy expertise and information about efficient and environmentally responsible solutions to our future energy needs.


USD School of Law

The University of San Diego School of Law is a center of academic excellence focused on preparing its students for legal practice in the new century.One of the most selective law schools in the country, the School of Law’s nationally recognized faculty create a demanding, yet welcoming environment that emphasizes individualized education.USD law school graduates consistently score higher than the state average on the California Bar Exam and go on to practice law throughout the country and abroad, forming an influential network of alumni.The USD School of Law is one of only 80 law schools in the country to have a chapter of The Order of the Coif, the most distinguished rank of American law schools. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.