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 Post subject: Solar on an Original
PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:12 am 
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Just curious of anyone has put either solar hot water or solar electric on their Original. As my garage and porch both have clear southern exposures, I've been toying with that idea. Don't know if the building inspector would have a bird over it, though.

Imagine, Green energy in Greendale. :D
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I will be watching what people say.....
I am ready to do that at my house.

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 Post subject: Solar ideas
PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2008 8:27 am 
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I will be watching what people say.....
I am ready to do that at my house.

Well, if you want to tinker with solar on a smaller scale, Northern Tool & Equipment on Hwy. 100 (across the street from Quad) does have some panels and converters. Get a deep cell battery and you can get a charge out of the project. :D I'm thinking of it for porch lighting and garage power (Original garage that has no power to it).

What were you thinking of trying?
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I had a short chat with Scott Satula about this a few weeks ago. I asked him if he knew of any Original owners who had installed solar panals on their garage, house or porch. He did not. I asked if there were any code restrictions on that, as I couldn't find it in the "guidelines". He said no, but if someone was planning that they should consult the Plan Commission and see what ways it could be hidden from neighbors, sight lines, etc. My reply was, "You do realize that these solar panels do need sunlight?" He said yes, and then made some comments about wind turbines becoming popular. Guess those might work good around Village Hall on meeting nights. :laughing5:

Now, I've seen Greendale's Plan Commission in action a couple of times. :geek: Let's just say I wouldn't go that route.

Plus, I have heard there is a state statute that a municipality cannot block someone from using solar energy.
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 Post subject: Just do it!
PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 8:54 am 
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I would say, "Just do it" if you want to and forget the planning commision. Even Scott Satula, is hard to deal with I've heard.


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There's a house (not an original) on Sumac Lane with solar panels facing south yet quite visible on the north side of the house. So even though the neighbors can see the panels, the village allowed it.


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