More cities require solar as prices fall and sea levels rise

South Miami officials say there is one driving factor behind new legislation that requires new construction to have rooftop solar panel systems.

Climate change.

After President Trump announced he was pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord, Mayor Philip Stoddard was left wondering what he could do for his city, which is threatened by rising sea levels.

“We have 365 mayors (who have pledged to uphold the accord) who are scratching their heads thinking ‘What can we do,’” Stoddard said. “One thing we do regulate is construction in our own municipalities.”


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