Council bill would establish a solar ombudsperson

Capital New York | March 30, 2015 | COlumn by David Giambusso

Councilman Donovan Richards plans to introduce a bill Tuesday to establish the position of "solar ombudsperson" at the Department of Buildings who would act as a conduit and advocate for New Yorkers looking to install solar panels on their homes and businesses.

Donovan Richards. (William Alatriste/NYC Council)

According to draft legislation reviewed by Capital, the ombudsperson would be responsible for soliciting comments and questions from building owners on the installation and maintenance of solar arrays. The person would then use the comments to make recommendations on how to better streamline the process.

The ombudsperson would also compile monthly and annual reports for the buildings commissioner and mayor on the progress of solar installations and any persistent problems therein, according to the legislation.

“The creation of a solar ombudsperson is an integral part of the larger effort to build a sustainable and greener future for New York City,” Richards said.

http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2015/03/8565034/council-bill-would-establish-solar-ombudsperson

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