Landmarks Guidance on Solar Panel Installation

Posted on May, 12 2016

The Landmarks Preservation Commission has published new guidelines regarding solar panel installations.  LPC continues to support the City’s sustainable initiatives as applicable to historic structures.

LPC has approved many solar panel installations at the staff level that do not affect the architectural and historic character of a landmarked building or historic district.

Key considerations for typical solar panel proposals reviewed by LPC:

  • Solar panel installations should be reversible and not result in loss or damage to any significant historic fabric or architectural features of the building.
  • Solar panel installations should set back from the roof edge and/or be positioned behind existing architectural features such as parapets, dormers, and chimneys to minimize or eliminate visibility from public thoroughfare.
  • If visible, the quantity, position, slope and/or height of solar panel installations may need to be adjusted to minimize or eliminate visibility from public thoroughfares.
  • If visible, the material, color and finish of solar panels and mounting systems may need to be chosen for compatibility with existing wall and roof materials and features and/or the surrounding context.

To see the full solar panel installation guidelines published by LPC, click here.