That solar energy has its supporters is news to no one. But that some might mandate its use for average citizens, and fine them $1,500 for noncompliance might seem a bit over the top. Well that is precisely the case Marburg, Germany, where the city council required its residents to not only place solar panels on all new home construction, but has even mandated their implementation on existing homes that undergo simple repairs. Yes, believe it or not, for merely putting in new insulation or repairing a roof, Marburg residents must also install expensive solar panels to help the city meet its greenhouse reduction requirements. One can only wonder if such a strong arm mandate will ultimately help or hinder the future for solar technology.


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