The St. Louis Cultural Resource Office is currently considering a revision of the standards for allowing installation of solar panels in “historical districts.” The revisions will be on the agenda of the Preservation Board at its meeting on January 28, 2013.
The current standard is “No Visibility Required” (the panels may not be publicly visible). Under consideration is a new standard of “Visual Compatibility Required,” which allows the solar panels to be visible if they maintain the character of the historic building and district. (NOTE – A major exception under the proposed, new standard is the dis-allowance of panels on slate or tile roofing.)
The proposed revisions may be found at: http://stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/planning/cultural-resources/documents/upload/Solar-Panel-Installation-Standards-October-2012.pdf
We encourage you to submit comments on this revision to the Cultural Resources Office and Preservation Board, or you may send them to SNIA at <email@example.com> on or before January 14, 2013 so that there is time to compile them prior to the hearing. If any of our readers have already gone through the process of getting approval for and installing solar panels in our historic district, please share your experiences in the comments below.