Orchard Park officials like what solar panels do.
They’re just not thrilled with how they look and what they might do to property values.
That is causing a predicament in town and has some residents reminding them that some things are more important than appearance.
The Orchard Park Planning Board last year recommended the Town Board prohibit solar panels on the front roof of homes, and the Town Board complied.
Now, Town Board members want to clean up the language to allow only panels designed to look like “normal” roofing materials or siding on the front of buildings. Before they do, they have asked the Planning Board to find out if solar panels on the front roofs would hurt property values, and to recommend specifications that would make roof-mounted solar panels aesthetically appropriate. [click for full article]