HACKENSACK, NJ (CBSNewYork) – Solar panels are still too expensive for most homeowners, but as prices drop many towns expect to see a flood residents looking line their rooftops to capture the sun’s energy.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams On The Story

Several municipalities are considering regulations.

Hackensack is the latest.

City manager Stephen Lo Iacono says one of the main concerns is aesthetics. Nobody wants to live next door to something that resembles a NASA science experiment.

Another concern is safety.

“We want to be sure that if someone does potentially does install their installation on a residential property, lets say on a roof, that it could withstand the elements, that the home can structurally support the solar installation, that the panel is not going to blow off in the middle of a windstorm or a hurricane,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams on Monday.

Nothing is set in stone, but rules might prohibit reflective panels in front yards and require shields for those in side yards.

Towns started taking note after residents complained about PSE&G’s solar panels on utility poles. Some find them unsightly. Towns are looking to strike a balance between green energy and good taste.

What do you think about regulating solar panels? Sound off in the comments section below!

Comments (7)
  1. Sau Sage Fingerz says:

    THIS is why Jersey is consistently the butt of every joke and the laughing stock of the Nation

  2. Smithers says:

    This is ridiculous. As someone who frequently passes the ConocoPhillips Bayway Refinery, I think this article is laughable. The big dirty, ugly refinery is far more of a blight than the almost unnoticeable solar panels. Solar panels are quiet, clean, and let’s face it, rather space-age looking. Every time I see one, I feel happier for living in this exciting transitional time. City manager Stephen Lo Iacono, when claiming that no one wants to live near ” a NASA science experiment” should talk to the thousands of kids who grow up wanting to be astronauts (or the thousands applying to be astronauts today– ).

    After all, we can’t all be so fortunate as to live next to an oil refinery–

  3. James D says:

    Doesn’t federal law allowing installation of such panels trump local laws that seek to thwart such?

  4. SunKing says:

    The constant power failures across New Jersey and the slow response times of the utility companies are far far uglier and more dangerous than solar panels on the roof. Who’s kidding whom here? Put a sock in it, oil and gas companies, a big dirty old sock.

  5. Clovis Clodoveo says:

    Los paneles solares instalados en las residencias privadas por los
    inquilinos o dueños, de ninguna manera pueden considerarse una
    molestia para los vecinos, ni mucho menos un peligro para los usuarios.
    En ese sentido, no creo que pueda haber protesta por su instalacion.
    Creo yo, que en todo caso una protesta por una instalacion de paneles
    solares es un acto de envidia.

  6. Warhawk says:

    So aesthetics are the reason why the solar panels are a problem? I can understand the problem with the solar panels on the utility poles – we shouldn’t have utility poles in towns – they just look so ugly. But to complain about solar panels on the roof of a home is just ridiculous, do people really spend that much time looking at the roof?

  7. w. Greene says:

    The municipalities allegiance is to the oil companies, in essence they should be building communites with solor panels to not only lower the price but build a market for the companies that manufacture solar panels.

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