La Vista resident spurs city to update solar panel regulations

By Brody Hilgenkamp, Omaha World-Herald

La Vista’s Planning Commission unanimously approved Thursday a recommendation to the City Council to update the city’s zoning ordinances. The city’s ordinances regulating solar panels have not been updated since 2001 and only allow for solar systems in residential districts, but the technology and aesthetics of the panels has advanced a lot since then and the new rules would allow for solar systems in all zoning districts, with some restrictions and guidelines. The city’s comprehensive plan includes a goal to promote environmental sustainability, and the City Council will hold a first reading on the changes during its Feb. 4 meeting. Read more here.

Photo by Gerald McNerney, whose all-electric home in La Vista is powered by 50 solar panels paired with storage batteries. He would also like to install solar on a new building he plans to construct for his HVAC contracting business located in a commercial district, for which he needs La Vista to change its zoning laws.

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