Chapter 16.20

*    Editor’s Note: As originally codified, this chapter was designated as Chapter 16A.02, Municipal Solar Utility Ordinance. It was renumbered as Chapter 16.20, and relocated from Title 16A (which has been deleted) to Title 16, at the direction of the city clerk at the time of the 1995 republication of this code.


16.20.010    Purpose.

16.20.020    Municipal solar utility – Creation and definition.

16.20.030    Regulation.

16.20.010 PURPOSE.

It is the purpose and intent of this chapter to establish a municipal solar utility within the city of Santa Cruz in order to facilitate the direct leasing of solar energy systems and to establish regulatory authority for any solar leasing operation that may be conducted through said municipal solar utility, and for the further purpose of satisfying requirements contained in Section 17052.5 or Section 23601 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code.

(Ord. 82-53 § 2 (part), 1982).


A municipal solar utility is hereby created in accordance with and for the purposes specified in the California Revenue and Taxation Code. “Municipal solar utility (MSU)” shall mean any program conducted by a local government or its authorized agent to promote the utilization of renewable energy, and energy conservation technologies, through educational, consumer protection, or financial assistance programs, including the leasing of solar energy systems as provided by Revenue and Taxation Code Section 17025.2.

(Ord. 82-53 § 2 (part), 1982).

16.20.030 REGULATION.

The municipal solar utility shall be under the direction and control of the city manager. The city manager shall present to the city council, for its approval, such rules and regulations governing the activities of the municipal solar utility as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter and state law, including a program whose primary activity will be issuing permits to qualified solar leasing businesses, and establishing permittee, and/or consumer protection criteria, as well as establishing reasonable fees. Such rules and regulations shall be approved by council resolution.

(Ord. 82-53 § 2 (part), 1982).