HOAs Fight Solar, Homeowners Fight Back

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body-hoas-fight-solar-homeowners-fight-back.jpg You own your home. You want to save on your electric bill and reduce your carbon footprint. You’ve paid for a roof that can support solar panels. The next step is to research solar installation companies that serve your area, right? Wrong, say some Homeowners Associations (HOAs). Across the U.S., homeowners who have installed solar panels without a



  • ggunn
    ggunn Solar Expert Posts: 1,973 ✭✭✭
    Re: HOAs Fight Solar, Homeowners Fight Back

    I wonder if the owner of the house in the picture has calculated the wind loading on his roof and considered how high those trees to the (I assume) south of his home will get in the next 20 years.
  • solarix
    solarix Solar Expert Posts: 713 ✭✭
    Re: HOAs Fight Solar, Homeowners Fight Back

    Sometimes, homeowner's associations have a point.

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  • 2manytoyz
    2manytoyz Solar Expert Posts: 373 ✭✭✭
    Re: HOAs Fight Solar, Homeowners Fight Back

    At least this isn't an issue in FL:

    The 2006 Florida Statutes

    Title XI

    County Organization and Intergovernmental Relations

    163.04 Energy devices based on renewable resources.-

    (1) Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter or other provision of general or special law, the adoption of an ordinance by a governing body, as those terms are defined in this chapter, which prohibits or has the effect of prohibiting the installation of solar collectors, clotheslines, or other energy devices based on renewable resources is expressly prohibited.

    (2) No deed restrictions, covenants, or similar binding agreements running with the land shall prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting solar collectors, clotheslines, or other energy devices based on renewable resources from being installed on buildings erected on the lots or parcels covered by the deed restrictions, covenants, or binding agreements. A property owner may not be denied permission to install solar collectors or other energy devices based on renewable resources by any entity granted the power or right in any deed restriction, covenant, or similar binding agreement to approve, forbid, control, or direct alteration of property with respect to residential dwellings not exceeding three stories in height. For purposes of this subsection, such entity may determine the specific location where solar collectors may be installed on the roof within an orientation to the south or within 45 degrees east or west of due south provided that such determination does not impair the effective operation of the solar collectors.

    (3) In any litigation arising under the provisions of this section, the prevailing party shall be entitled to costs and reasonable attorney’s fees.

    (4) The legislative intent in enacting these provisions is to protect the public health, safety, and welfare by encouraging the development and use of renewable resources in order to conserve and protect the value of land, buildings, and resources by preventing the adoption of measures which will have the ultimate effect, however unintended, of driving the costs of owning and operating commercial or residential property beyond the capacity of private owners to maintain. This section shall not apply to patio railings in condominiums, cooperatives, or apartments.

    History.-s. 8, ch. 80-163; s. 1, ch. 92-89; s. 14, ch. 93-249