Our canvassing team has gathered over 400 letters to council this summer requesting that council direct City staff to research a "Solar Rent Your Roof" program (more). On Tuesday Sept. 19th I went to council to present your letters and make our request. You can watch my short speech (90 seconds) on the City's video (25min 15sec into the show).
Councilman Ken Summers introduced our request during "other business" (from 2:08:00 to 2:16:00 on the same video). Ken joked about this being his idea years ago. He said that the idea is "worthy of study". He mentioned his support of local renewable energy projects versus City support of out of state projects. And he mentioned that renting roof space is more socially equitable than the current system (more about Ken).
Councilman Ross Cuniff showed support and a recognition that this can really help landlords/tenants to get solar. Council Bob Overbeck voiced his support. Gerry Horak was not present but has shown his support to me in private meetings. Ray Martinez confused this with Solar City and didn't voice any opinion about it. Kristin Stephens didn't say anything. Mayor Wade Troxell voiced support but may have given staff an opportunity to delay by rolling this project into longer-term plans. He did direct Darin Atteberry (City Manager) to develop a "scoping paper".
Staff expects to come back to council in January with a report. We will remain vigilant to see that staff takes this seriously and develops a scoping paper within a practical timeline.