Solar Panels and Your HOA: Who Has the Power?

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You own a home in a community with a homeowners’ association. And you’re considering adding a solar system to save on your utility bill and reduce your carbon footprint. You probably have concerns about how you’ll need to work with your HOA in terms of getting approvals. Without a doubt, it’s an important consideration.

First, it’s important to know that Arizona law protects individual homeowners’ private property rights to solar access by dissolving any local covenant, restriction or condition attached to a property deed that restricts the use of solar energy. In 2000, this law was challenged. However, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of homeowners in a lawsuit filed by a homeowners’ association that sought to force a homeowner to remove rooftop solar panels.

In 2007, Senate Bill 1254 was enacted which stipulates that a homeowners’ association may not prohibit the installation or use of solar-energy devices. However, an association may adopt reasonable rules regarding the placement of a solar device if those rules don’t prevent the installation of the device, impair the functioning of the device, restrict its use or adversely affect its cost or efficiency.

In other words, you can install a solar system if you live in a community with an HOA. However, you will need to consult with them before you install panels to your roof – just as you would with any other visible renovation and alteration.

Because there are complexities when it comes to a solar installation, it’s important to work with a professional contractor with a proven track record for success. At Cool Blew Solar, we keep up with all laws pertaining to solar systems, as well as your rights as a homeowner. Don’t take chances with a company that doesn’t specialize in solar. Choose a leader that will help you navigate a successful installation from start to finish.

At Cool Blew Solar, we’ll work with you to ensure you have a seamless installation that meets your association’s guidelines. To learn more, give us a call at 623-234-2836.