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City of Santa Cruz - Solar Access Ordinance

Eligibility 
Commercial
Industrial
Residential
Savings Category 
Solar - Passive
Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
Solar Thermal Process Heat
Solar Photovoltaics
Daylighting
Solar Pool Heating
Program Info
Sector Name 
Local
State 
California
Program Type 
Solar/Wind Access Policy
Summary 

Before a development plan can be approved in the City of Santa Cruz, it must be found that the orientation and location of buildings, structures, open spaces and other features of the site plan preserve solar access of adjacent properties. In addition, buildings and structures should be designed and oriented to make use of natural elements such as solar radiation, wind and landscaping for heating, cooling and ventilation. Developers must also show that heating systems for hot tubs and swimming pools are solar when possible, and in all cases, energy efficient.