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Bloomingdale Joins Neighbors in Solar Ordinance

All three tri-boro boroughs adopt ordinances restricting use of solar panels on private property.

As more residents make efforts to be environmentally conscious, the Boroughs of Kinnelon, Butler and Bloomingdale, as well as several neighboring communities, have adopted ordinances that restrict where property owners can place solar panels and wind turbines near their homes.

The Bloomingdale Council adopted an ordinance at its Sept. 25 meeting that bans the use of wind turbines on private property, according to Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy.

"We're tailoring Kinnelon's ordinance," Dunleavy said.

Under approved by the Kinnelon Council in July, solar panels are allowed on private property, but with restrictions. For example, solar panels mounted on the ground are not permitted and rooftop panels, while permitted, are not allowed to exceed the borough's height restrictions for residential structures. Borough officials have said firefighters and emergency responders could be in harms way if an electric reaction occurs when they are responding to an emergency situation.

The Butler Council also sought to protect its volunteer firefighters with consideration of an ordinance that would regulate where residents could put solar panels on their property. The ordinance was adopted in May.

Someone October 03, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Funny how the towns that run their own electric companies like to restrict this sort of thing.
Sally October 03, 2012 at 07:42 PM
We all need to do what we can to protect our planet and the local government has to come along and flex there "muscle" in the most ridiculous way
jr October 03, 2012 at 08:16 PM
"Borough officials have said firefighters and emergency responders could be in harms way if an electric reaction occurs when they are responding to an emergency situation" I do believe you have a better shot of an "electrical reaction" from conventional electric. Once again, "government knows better" This is very scary stuff
Mr. Tom Fox October 07, 2012 at 09:37 PM
How is it that we heard over and over again about the Avalon Bay Pilot Program and yet not a peep about this outragious Ordinance until AFTER it was passed. As a volunteer firefighter, I was trained on what to do and what not to do concerning solar installations and there are a LOT worse possibilities out there to get us injured or killed. Stopping the momement of solar energy or wind energy is just another way of big brother pushing the little people around to show us they have the power. Enough is enough already.

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