The San Jose Mercury News recently reported on a problem that is happening around the country: a local planning board in Los Gatos, CA ordered the owner of a small solar power company to remove or cover up 18 solar panels he installed on his office roof because three were visible from the street -- the board was concerned about ``design impacts and architectural compatibility.''
The article reports that "Dozens of other cities across California are making life difficult for people who want to install solar panels on roofs and businesses, even as state leaders are trying to encourage renewable energy with millions in tax credits and rebates. Some cities require that solar panels can't be seen from roads. Others say they must be installed at the same angle as roofs, which can limit the electricity they generate."
Similar problems exist around the country. In New York, for example, some counties are requiring solar installers to have a master electrician's license, and most master electricians are not interested in doing solar installations.
What are some other examples of regulatory barriers to sustainable development and how can these issues best be addressed?