Posted by: Patricia Salkin | September 21, 2009

Right-to-Dry Laws Promote Use of Solar Energy for Clotheslines

Effective September 12, 2009, a new law in Maine designed to promote the use of solar energy and to avoid unnecessary obstacles to the use of solar energy devices declares legislative intent that owners and renters of residential property have the right to install and use solar energy devices, including a solar clothes-drying device. Reasonable restrictions may be enforced, however, that protect the public health and safety, to protect buildings from damage, to protect historic or aesthetic values, and to protect shorelands under shoreland zoning provisions.

2009 New Laws, H.B. No. 62 (Chapter 273 of the Laws of 2009).

A copy of the law can be viewed here

Read a posting in a New York Times Blog about other states with similar initiatives here

For information about Vermont’s Right to Dry Law click here

See a report from the Connecticut Office of Legislative Research here

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