The City of Santa Barbara supports the use of solar energy as environmentally superior alternative to the use of fossil fuels. The Guidelines were prepared as part of the City's participation in the Federal Million Solar Roofs Program, which had a goal of installing solar panels on one million US roofs by 2010. The documents are focused on education and voluntary use.
This document specifies how to achieve a solar energy system that is high performing as well as aesthetically integrated with its surrounding location. Please note that the recognition program referenced is no longer in effect.
The best way to reduce energy consumption is through conservation. The Passive Solar guidelines encourage building siting, orientation, materials, construction techniques and landscaping to reduce long-term energy needs for new developments. Please note that the recognition program referenced is no longer in effect.