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The town council took the significant step in June of moving from merely encouraging citizens to install solar panels to making them an obligation. The ordinance, the first of its kind in Germany, will require solar panels not only on new buildings, which fewer people oppose, but also on existing homes that undergo renovations or get new heating systems or roof repairs.
To give the regulation teeth, a fine of 1,000 euros, about $1,500, awaits those who do not comply.
Read the whole thing, and consider the possible effectiveness of solar panels in Germany. These folks are insane. Truth be told, it's probably more sensible just to pay the fine, and then throw the rascals out.
It sounds like the politics of Seattle (h/t, Junk Science), or like the Massachusetts government medical plan. The world is full of sanctimonious jerks who want to tell other people how to live.
Recently Hawaii has enacted a law that requires all new homes to install solar water heaters. Eventually, Hawaii may have as many solar water heaters as Israel, where 90% of homes have solar water heaters installed.
Solar heaters were first installed in Israel when the country experienced a fuel supply crisis in the early 1950s. The government responded by severely restricting the times when water could be heated. Israelis in turn responded by purchasing huge quantities of solar water heaters. A law was eventually passed requiring the installation of solar water heaters.
In 2005, Spain became the second country (after Israel) to require solar water heaters. It also became the first country to require the installation of solar cells for electricity generation in new buildings.
Next thing you know the government might require you to purchase energy efficient appliances.
Follow the money. My city, a northern suburb of Boston, just passed an ordinance requiring everyone to purchase their trash bags from the city (at two bucks a pop). This (according to the announcement sent out by the city) is to encourage us to recycle more.
Of course, a gain in revenue of 1.5 mil to the city is not a factor in passing this ordinance, nope, they just want us to be more responsible....