Using energy conserving designs that are compatible with the historic character of the community, are encouraged. Any project proposing to use active or passive solar energy should be energy efficient in design. The conservation of all resources should be a primary concern.
A. Consider the visual impacts of active and passive solar designs
1. Integrate glass areas for energy collection into the overall building design. Design glass areas to be a composition of windows similar in character to those seen traditionally, rather than a large continuous surface of glass. See also TH(26)(B) for window-to-wall ratio standards.
2. Avoid blocking the solar and view exposures and minimize glare onto neighboring properties.
3. Roof-mounted panels should not extend above the ridgeline. They should be integrated in the structure, and as flush with the roof pitch as possible.
4. Freestanding panels are discouraged, but if used, they should be subordinate features, and should be placed to the rear of the building.
5. No solar collections devices shall be located on the primary façade and should be as far away from public as possible.
6. Solar panel racks and frames shall be non-reflective.
7. Contact the Planning and Building Department regarding off-site energy mitigation.