Chapter 3318:1-9 Standards for Solar Ready Roofs and Equipment in School Buildings

3318:1-9-01 Standards for solar ready roofs and equipment in school buildings.

(A) Pursuant to section 3318.112 of the Revised Code, the Ohio school facilities commission shall adopt rules prescribing standards for solar ready roofs on school buildings under the its jurisdiction. "Solar ready" is defined as being capable of accommodating the eventual installation of roof top, solar photovoltaic energy equipment.

(B) The standards apply to projects funded by the commission pursuant to section 3318.01 of the Revised Code.

(C) The standards for solar ready roofs will be contained in the 2011 Ohio school design manual published by the commission. The Ohio school design manual is available on the commission's web site at

(D) The standards will address, but not be limited to, the following:

(1) Roof space limitations;

(2) Shading and obstruction;

(3) Building orientation;

(4) Roof loading capacity, and

(5) Electric systems.

(E) The commission may update the standards for solar ready roofs through updates to the Ohio school design manual.

(F) Notwithstanding the above provisions, the Ohio school facilities commission may grant an exception to a school district requesting a waiver from all or part of the standards if the district shows good cause. Any request for a waiver from solar ready roof standards submitted by a school district will be subject to the commission variance process as outlined in rule 3318-5-03 of the Administrative Code.

Effective: 08/10/2012
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 08/10/2017
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3318.112
Rule Amplifies: 3318.112