town official defends al gore\'s energy inefficient house
-Gore\'s zoning rules in the upscale Tennessee community prevented the former vice president and environmental activist from installing solar panels on the roof.
In 2002, Gore bought his multi-million-dollar house in Nashville Meade, an exclusive city surrounded by Nashville, where he embarked on ambitious renovations.
But last summer, when his contractors tried to apply for a permit to install solar panels on the roof, they encountered legal obstacles.
Terry Franklin, a construction official at Bell Mead, said the town only allowed power generation equipment to be placed on the ground.
\"The solar panels are generators,\" Franklin said . \"
\"We told them they couldn\'t do that,\" he said . \".
\"They want to try anyway, but we convince them that this is not allowed by the board.
Last month, a conservative group opposed to the results of the global warming survey criticized Gore, complaining that his family used too much electricity.
Belle Mead national fifth
According to the 2000 census, zoning rules were established in the richest towns because many families had backup generators.
There are several tall trees in the area, and residents have prevented Nashville power service personnel from trimming trees near the wires.
A power outage due to the collapse of the branches, several residents had to buy a backup generator.
Gore\'s contractors believe that silent solar panels should not be the same as noisy natural gas. or diesel-
Power generators, but they finally agreed not to press the issue when the city considered revising the code.
New regulations in April 1 will allow homeowners to install solar panels on their roofs.
But there is a warning: \"Under the regulations, solar panels can be installed on the roof of a building as long as they are not visible on the street or on any adjacent property . \".
Gore\'s roof does have flat areas where panels can be placed, Franklin said.
Gore\'s home builders plan to apply for solar panels after the new law comes into effect.
\"We have to wait until they catch up,\" said Gore\'s architect Steve Rick . \".
\"I don\'t think it\'s worth it because we know that change is coming.
Gore, who starred in the documentary the hard-to-ignore truth in global warming, has repeatedly said that he has no plans to run, but that he was mentioned in 2008 as a possible presidential candidate.