It’s no secret that switching to solar will save you money, yet there are still a number of hurdles that have to be overcome in order to get the permits and permissions required to install solar panels on your roof. In many cases these restrictions come not from state and local governments, but from homeowners’ associations, who often forbid and outright block solar panel installations, sometimes for purposes as mundane as simple aesthetic considerations like the panels not being the right color.
Fortunately, nearly two dozen states have passed laws preventing homeowners’ associations from interfering with solar installations on aesthetic grounds. Here are a few examples of some other states who have passed these and other pro-customer solar panel laws.
Earlier this year, Oregon lawmakers made it illegal for homeowners’ associations to ban rooftop solar installations for purely aesthetic considerations. HB 2111, which passed by an overwhelming landslide, is designed to eliminate the battles between HOAs and homeowners, something which is unfortunately is common in some areas. In total, nearly two-dozen states have actually passed some form of a law that prohibits HOA interference in rooftop solar panel installation for aesthetic reasons.
Texas was one of the first states to come to the rescue of homeowners facing opposition from their HOAs. Senate Bill 1626 forbids HOAs and developers of neighborhoods that are larger than 50 homes from banning solar panel installations.
Solar has exploded in Utah, becoming one of the hottest industries in the state. However, it also faced a lot of opposition from HOAs in the past. Utah’s laws, which were passed by the state legislature back in March, still allows HOAs to maintain their power and autonomy, but gives homeowners recourse to fight back. Instead, if two-thirds of residents vote to change solar policies, the HOA will be forced to rescind any bans on rooftop solar installations.
The northern state of Wisconsin has seemingly gone in a different direction. A new development in the Milwaukee area has made solar panel systems mandatory on the 34 homes that will be built there. The high electricity prices and dropping cost of solar installations have made Wisconsin a solar-friendly state, and incentives for the installations have estimated to add roughly an extra $15,000 to the cost of each home. Builders with an integrated approach to residential solar will be popular in the coming years as solar technology proves its benefits and continues to save homeowners’ money.
Unfortunately, South Carolina doesn’t have laws like this, but don’t let it discourage you from investigating your options. At Sunstore Solar, we work with customers to obtain the required permissions and permits, including writing detailed proposal letters to work with HOAs, and our work has even helped change policies in the past. If anyone can walk you down the path to solar ownership and do it right, it’s Sunstore Solar. With over 40 years of experience, we have helped thousands of customers make their solar dreams reality!
For more information or to find out how much you could save by switching to solar, call Sunstore Solar today at (864) 558-5143 and request a consultation!
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