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Charlton sets sights on the sun

Charlton town officials are considering a new local law that would regulate residential solar photovoltaic panels, which are becoming more common in this rural-suburban, Saratoga County community.

The proposal being reviewed by the Town Board requires solar panels to be located in the rear or side yards of any residential property, and be located at least 100 feet from any neighbor’s property or the road. The goal is to avoid some of the controversies over solar panels that have arisen in other towns.

A longer story on Charlton's plans is available HERE.

The towns of Ballston and Clifton Park both adopted local laws regulating solar panel arrays in recent years after neighborhood disputes. Town Supervisor Alan Grattidge said there hasn’t been a problem between neighbors in Charlton that he’s aware of, but officials decided to act before problems arise.

At a town meeting of the Zoning Board Committee last month, it was noted that the town's existing zoning ordinances didn't address solar collectors.

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