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Going Green Isn’t Easy for Historic Buildings

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man’s effort to put solar panels on the roof of his bar is meeting with some resistance, highlighting a problem that is occurring around the country.

Bob Hiscox owns the Soulard Bastille Bar in St. Louis’ Soulard neighborhood. Soulard is a local and national historic district and does not allow visible panels, even for environmentally-friendly improvements.

Ryan Reed, a St. Louis preservation specialist, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that so far no one has produced satisfactory guidelines to help owners of historic buildings find space for things like solar panels and satellite dishes.

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