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(A) Any Zoning District. A ground-mounted solar photovoltaic installation in any zoning district shall comply with the following:
(1) A ground-mounted solar photovoltaic installation shall be subject to Development Plan Review as described in § 305.
(2) No individual panel within a ground-mounted solar photovoltaic installation shall exceed 12 feet in height, as measured from pre-development lot grade at the location of the panel.
(3) All panels and other equipment and structures that are part to the installation shall be setback a minimum of 25 feet from all property lines.
(4) A ground-mounted solar photovoltaic installation shall not be subject to the maximum percentage of lot to be occupied by buildings as applied in § 603.
(5) A ground-mounted solar photovoltaic installation shall be designed to prevent unauthorized access, including, but not necessarily limited to protective fencing.
(B) Additional requirements in residential districts. A ground-mounted solar photovoltaic installation located in any residential zoning district shall comply with the following additional requirements:
(1) In lieu of the building lot coverage requirements of § 603, the total surface area of solar panels installed in residential districts shall not exceed 25% of lot area.
(2) The installation shall be surrounded by visual screening, consisting of fencing, dense vegetation, or a combination of both, that is a minimum of six feet in height at the time of installation.
(3) Electrical lines and connections shall be installed underground.
(C) An abandoned ground-mounted solar photovoltaic installation and all associated structures and components, shall be physically removed from the site within 90 days from cessation of operation, and the property shall be restored to predevelopment condition. If the owner fails to remove the installation in accordance with the requirements of this section, the town shall have the authority to enter the property and physically remove the installation and restore the property. In that case, the owner of the property shall be responsible for all costs incurred by the town, and the obligation shall be recorded in the Land Evidence Records as a lien against the property.
(Ord. 2012-4, passed 5-21-12; Am. Ord. 2012-16, passed 9-17-12)