The city will start enforcing a new $1.00 fine for residents wearing solar panel-powered lights on their roof tops.
The city’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEC) announced the new regulation Monday in response to complaints from residents who had solar panels installed in their homes but didn’t follow the regulations, according to the New York Post.
The fine will be in addition to the current $250 fine issued for people who have solar panels on their roofs.
“This new ordinance will protect New Yorkers who live in low-income neighborhoods by encouraging them to pay the fine,” DEC Commissioner Mike Freese said in a statement.
“As part of this effort, we will also continue to promote awareness of solar panels and the benefits of solar energy by educating homeowners about the benefits and drawbacks of solar panel usage.”
The rules apply to New York’s most affluent neighborhoods, including the Upper West Side and Upper East Side, which together account for about 60 percent of the city’s population, according the Post.
In addition to a $1 fee for solar panels, the fine will also apply to anyone who installs a solar panel on their property without the consent of the homeowner.
The new regulations are part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy in the Public Interest Program, which aims to increase solar energy generation in low and moderate income neighborhoods by incentivizing homeowners to install solar panels.
According to a recent study, solar panels contribute about $1 billion to the U, and the costs to utilities and consumers are about $400 per kilowatt hour, according a DEC press release.
According the DEC, “Solar panels do not create any additional electricity costs in New York State, save the state a total of about $200 million per year, and are widely used in many neighborhoods in the city.”