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Solar Ordinance 

On April 26, 2016, the City of Santa Monica adopted local amendments to the California Energy Code.  These amendments are summarized below and were effective between May 26, 2016 and December 31, 2016.  As of May 1, 2017, these requirements are back in effect.   

1.  One-and-Two Family Dwelling Solar Photovoltaic Installations

a) All new one-and-two family dwellings are required to install a solar electric photovoltaic (PV) system. The required installation of the PV system shall be implemented using one of the following methods:

i. Install a solar PV system with a minimum total wattage 1.5 times the square footage of the dwelling (1.5 watts per square foot); or
ii. Install a solar PV system or other renewable energy system that will offset 75%-100% of the Time Dependent Valuation (TDV) energy budget.
iii. Demonstrate that the Time Dependent Valuation (TDV) energy budget is reduced by the same wattage required by (a)(i).

b) The requirements of this Section shall be waived or reduced, by the minimum extent necessary, where production of electric energy from solar panels is technically infeasible due to lack of available and feasible unshaded areas. 

c) The requirements of this Section shall take priority if there is a conflict between compliance with Section 4.201.3 and this section.

2.  Low-Rise Residential Solar Photovoltaic Installations.

a) All new Low-Rise Residential dwellings are required to install a solar electric photovoltaic (PV) system. The required installation of the PV system shall be implemented by installing a solar PV system with a minimum total wattage 2.0 times the square footage of the building footprint (2.0 watts per square foot).

b) The requirements of this Section shall be waived or reduced, by the minimum extent necessary where production of electric energy from solar panels is technically infeasible due to lack of available and feasible unshaded areas.

c) The requirements of this Section shall take priority if there is a conflict between compliance with Section 4.201.3 and this section.

3.  Non-Residential, High-Rise Residential, Hotels and Motels Solar Photovoltaic Installation.

a) All new Non-Residential, High-Rise Residential, Hotels and Motel dwellings are required to install a solar electric photovoltaic (PV) system. The required installation of the PV system shall be implemented by installing a solar PV system with a minimum total wattage 2.0 times the square footage of the building footprint (2.0 watts per square foot).

b) The requirements of this Section shall be waived or reduced, by the minimum extent necessary where production of electric energy from solar panels is technically infeasible due to lack of available and feasible unshaded areas.

c) The requirements of this Section shall take priority if there is a conflict between compliance with Section 4.201.3 and this section.

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Last updated: Thursday, 06/01/2017

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