New French law requires most large parking lots to be blanketed with solar arrays

Separate from the developments—predicable, infuriating, and downright messy—coming out of United Nations Climate Conference (COP27) underway in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, the French government is generating its own headlines in the fight against climate change.

As reported by multiple outlets including the Guardian, new legislation approved by the Senate of the French Republic on November 4 requires the owners of large parking lots, existing and new, to cover their respective expanses of asphalt with solar panels. Per the new law, which takes effect in July 2023, “large” applies to parking lots with at least 80 spaces. The owners of parking lots with between 80

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