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Brian C. Rittmeyer

Tarentum is considering regulations that would govern the installation and use of solar panels in the borough.

The proposed ordinance includes proposed fees and technical requirements for what are broadly referred to as “customer-owned generation of electricity,” which could include things besides solar panels, such as windmills.

Tarentum operates its own electric distribution utility. It buys electricity from a supplier.

The need for the proposed regulations came up after there had been a couple of inquiries from residents, borough Manager Michael Nestico said. It is based on those from another public power municipality like Tarentum.

Residents who generate enough electricity with their own equipment could get a credit on their electric bill, Nestico said.

Fees under the 17-page ordinance include a $300 application fee, a $150 initial inspection fee and a $150 annual inspection fee.

Customers would be responsible for the costs of all system studies and upgrades required to accommodate generation, including metering. Customers would be responsible for annual system testing witnessed by borough representatives.

Those who violate the ordinance could face a fine of between $300 and $1,000.

The proposed ordinance is available for inspection and copy at the borough office, 318 Second Ave.

Council could vote to enact the ordinance when it meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 7.

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