[Adopted 1-19-2012 by L.L. No. 1-2012]
Permits for the installation of solar equipment upon commercial and residential properties shall be issued in conformance with the provisions of Article I of this chapter, except that permits for residential solar installations which meet the following criteria shall be eligible for the issuance of a building permit under this section at no cost:
Does not require Architectural Review Board approval;
On a residential structure or legal accessory structure;
Be flush mounted parallel to the roof surface and no more than six inches above the surface;
Have an eighteen-inch clearing at the roof ridge and an eighteen-inch clearing path to the ridge;
Create a gravity load of no more than five pounds per square foot for photovoltaic (PV) and six pounds per square foot for residential solar hot water (RSHW);
To be installed by a prescreened solar installer (as shown on a list maintained by LIPA);
Use PV panels that have been certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory as meeting the requirements of the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) Standard 1703 and inverters must be on a list of New York State Public Service omission type tested inverters which are tested by UL or other nationally recognized laboratories to conform with UL 1741;
Use RSHW equipment that has been certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation under its OG-100 Standard for solar collectors;
Use other equipment such as modules, combiner boxes and a mounting system that have been approved for public use as described in the "Solar Energy System Fast Track Permit Application Requirements Checklist";
Be in full compliance with all current National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements;
Plans or construction drawings of the solar panel installation shall show panel and equipment layout and location and shall be certified by a professional engineer or registered architect;
A professional engineer or registered architect shall certify the proposed installation for load bearing and wind sufficiency.
The Town Building Department shall maintain a list by address of all solar installations which shall be shared with relevant first responder organizations.
Utility meters and any alternating-current (AC) disconnect switch shall be marked with a sign indicating that an operating solar electric co-generation system is on site.