PV panels ‘spoiling the skyline’
Solar panel installation guidelines are being revised by the planning authority to tone down the visual impact that the large, dark panes are having on the skyline. Government financial schemes have led to the mushrooming of solar panels, for which no permits are required by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority, and the regulator’s guidelines have not always been respected. Now, almost 6,000 installations later, Mepa is revisiting the situation. “Given the significant increase in the installation of PVs and solar water heaters on rooftops, Mepa has recently embarked on an exercise to evaluate, and, if necessary, introduce new guidelines that will try to find the best balance between encouraging domestic renewable energy infrastructure and effective visual mitigation measures,” a spokesman said. Vince Cassar, president of the Chamber of Architects, said that the trend towards installing PV panels was positive as it showed a shift towards a greener mentality. “However, they are definitely affecting the skyline. The problem is that the majority went ahead without requiring a planning permit,” he said. Through the EU-funded scheme, in past years applicants who bought solar… timesofmalta.com http://allplacedout.com/pv-panels-spoiling-the-skyline/
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Published on Jul 23, 2012
Solar panel installation guidelines are being revised by the planning authority to tone down the visual impact that the large, dark panes ar...