The city of La Crosse is considering some changes in its rules for solar energy systems.
The city council’s administration committee passed an amendment to make rooftop solar energy systems more accessible and safer.
Fire chief Ken Gilliam said people planning to install solar panels need to pay attention to building codes to avoid the possibility of fires.
La Crosse already approved a city energy policy, aimed at getting away from fossil fuels in the next 30 years.
There are concerns among citizens that building codes are too restrictive, keeping people from putting solar panels on rooftops.
One speaker, before the committee Tuesday, said that larger, “more progressive” cities, such as Minneapolis, have taken steps to make solar energy installations easier.