More than a year ago, a 16-year-old high school student named Delaney Reynolds wrote to half a dozen mayors in Florida, urging them to require citizens to adopt solar energy. South Miami mayor Philip Stoddard was the first to respond.
On Tuesday, Florida’s first measure requiring new homes to install solar panels passed in Stoddard’s city, joining a handful of cities including San Francisco and Lancaster, California. The measure, which goes into effect in mid-September, mandates 175 square feet of solar panel per 1000 square feet of sunlit roof area. It was adopted in a 4-1 vote, with South Miami commissioner Josh Liebman dissenting on the grounds that the new law takes away freedom of choice, and could impact the fees utility companies pay the city.
Two years ago, Stoddard also passed a resolution urging the state legislation to allow consumers to buy solar power from sources other than …