Cold Craft, Inc. stays informed of changes that affect our customers and this energy efficient change is a big one coming in 2014.  California home owners looking to add solar to their home and hoping that the solar panels could be extended to the roof top for the best configuration may be disappointed.

So why is an HVAC company like Cold Craft, Inc. blogging about solar?  Well first of all solar is energy efficient and secondly, well, geothermal and solar are ideal together.

Read on to check on the changes coming your way.


New Solar Roof Setback Requirement

Rooftop-Solar-300x256Optimal Solar Panel Placement is Often Closer to the Ridge Line


New solar panel restrictions will limit your roof space options. Effective January 1, 2014, all California cities and counties will mandate more stringent solar roof setback guidelines regarding the solar panel placement on your roof.

This will limit many homeowners from getting their optimal solar system.  Many try to maximize or oversize their system to lower or zero out their electricity bills.  This may no longer be an option as the new roof restrictions mandates a 36 inch setback from the roof ridge line, which is often the optimal location for solar panels.

Current guidelines have left the interpretation of the roof setbacks for solar open to local jurisdictions, often providing flexibility to accommodate changes.

Setback refers to the distance that solar panels need to be from the side and top edges of a roof.  Setbacks are for firefighter roof access to the ridge line. The problem is, the new setback guidelines make ideal solar roof space unavailable – sometimes as much as half (or more) of the roof area.

The good news… you can still utilize your optimal roof space for solar panels (often closer to the ridge) if we pull a permit for your system before the end of 2013.  With a signed contract on or before Monday, November 25, 2013, we will have time to secure your permit.

Call us today (888) 551-SOLAR or email us at [email protected]

If you need help with temperature, contact Cold Craft, Inc.

408.374.7292 or [email protected]

By Published On: September 27, 2014

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