with replacing our octopus boiler (with a nice asbestos crust), we're
thinking about adding a solar thermal system. (That's the hot-water version,
not the electrical, photovoltaic version.)
The good news is that we have a lot of sun hitting our roof - the solar guys
say it could remove 60 percent of our gas use heating water. (I'll assume
less, but at least it makes for a smaller carbon footprint.)
The bad news is that, because of some south-facing skylights, the panels
would have to extend about five feet above our roof peak.
Does anyone know if the city allows this? I'm going to assume for the sake
of argument that our house doesn't exceed the height limit, and wouldn't
with the solar panels.
The city has a link to the "million solar roofs" campaign. We'd like to be
one of them (while abiding by the zoning code). It'll be interesting to find
out how hard it is.
Any shared knowledge would be much appreciated.