Solar, water programs coming to Norcross

NORCROSS -- Norcross will use the sun to power speed advisory signs in the city.

The solar initiative, along with a recently adopted WaterSense Homes Incentive Policy, strengthen the city's green efforts that have already landed Norcross one of only three silver level awards in the Atlanta Regional Commission's Green Communities program.

The solar powered signs will be placed randomly along streets to show drivers the speed they are traveling compared to the posted speed limit. Norcross Police Chief Dallas Stidd said the signs are meant to assist the drivers to heed the speed limit without necessarily incurring tickets and fines.

In the past, these signs were powered by small gas generators, so the new solar technology reduces the need for gasoline while reminding people to slow down, a press release said.

The new water policy rewards homebuilders who use WaterSense technology, which reduces water consumption, by expediting site plan review and giving next-day site and building inspections.

"Homes with these WaterSense water conservation appliances, shower heads, faucets, commodes, tankless or other hot water heaters that save water will save valuable natural resources and cost the homeowner less money over the long run," Mayor Bucky Johnson said.

The city's green initiatives are often spearheaded by the Sustainable Norcross Commission, a citizen advisory panel appointed by the mayor and council to advise the city on environmental topics, the release said. For more information on the commission's certification activity and how to become involved in local sustainable efforts, visit sustainablenorcrossinc.blogspot.com or www.norcrossga.net.