Considerations When Installing Solar in an HOA Neighborhood
Do you have the option to have a solar electric system installed on your home if you live in a community with a Home Owners Association (HOA)? Residents in the neighborhood need to be familiar with the HOA rules, so it is a natural question to ask when you are thinking about getting solar.
California Solar Rights Act
In the state of California, the Solar Rights Act was passed to support homeowners interested in having solar installed on their home. According to the California Solar Rights Act, anything that “prohibits or restricts the installation or use of a solar energy system is void and unenforceable.” This means that an HOA cannot prevent you from having solar installed on your home.
However, the Solar Rights Act allows for reasonable restrictions to the installation. These restrictions can not:
- Increase the cost of the system significantly (by more than $1,000 over the original cost of the solar energy system)
- Decrease the performance or efficiency of the solar system (by more than 10%)
Working with Your HOA
Even though the HOA can’t prevent you from installing solar on your home, you still need to notify them and follow your neighborhood guidelines. The best approach is to talk to the HOA and fine out their particular requirements. Also, work with an experienced solar contractor who can create plans to match your neighborhood bylaws. You will present these plans to your HOA board for approval. In most instances, the HOA will need to approve the layout and plans before the solar installation can begin.
Finding a Reputable Solar Installation Contractor
Regardless of the presence of an HOA in your neighborhood, there are still building codes and restrictions that need to be followed. The simplest way to ensure that your solar power system is properly installed, is to choose a reputable solar company to help with the installation. We do the work behind-the-scenes to ensure that you are following all of the necessary guidelines as established by the utility companies, building department, your HOA and other regulating authorities in the area.
Are you ready to learn more about how solar power can be used to offset your utility costs? Contact our experienced team at New Day Solar for a complimentary, no-obligation consultation. We have been installing solar electric systems in this valley, since 1988 and we will design a solar system to meet your family’s electrical needs. Our team will always give you honest answers to your solar questions. Give us a call at: (951) 927-7652 or visit us online at: www.newdaysolar.com.