HOA's Cannot prohibit homeowners
from going solar

Homeowners Associations (HOAs) are a growing trend across Texas. They are designed to help maintain the aesthetic and safety of a neighborhood. With the increasing popularity of solar energy in the state, many homeowners are looking to switch to solar power Depending on the neighborhood, you might have an HOA in place to regulate the use of solar power and other energy-related activities. The good news is Texas passed a solar access law protecting homeowners rights to go solar.

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Can My HOA Prevent me from Installing solar panels on my home?

If you are a homeowner in Texas considering installing solar panels, it is important to understand your rights and the regulations that come with it. Homeowners associations (HOAs) in Texas cannot unreasonably restrict or prohibit the installation of a solar energy system on a homeowner’s property. However, it’s important to note that certain rules must be followed when installing a solar panel system.

For instance, the HOA may have specific requirements regarding the placement and materials used for the system. This ensures that the solar panel system doesn’t interfere with other parts of the community. Additionally, some HOAs may require homeowners to obtain approval before installing any renewable energy system.

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HOA Restrictions on Solar Panels

Homeowners Associations (HOAs) are responsible for maintaining the appearance and integrity of their communities, which includes regulating the installation of solar panels. These regulations may vary depending on the subdivision, but typically focus on the location of the panels, their height above the roofline, and whether or not they were installed without prior approval.

Additionally, HOAs may prohibit solar panels from being installed on common property within a subdivision, as they may be seen as a disruption to the overall aesthetic of the neighborhood. It’s important for homeowners to understand these regulations and obtain approval from their HOA before installing any solar panels. By working closely with Solergy, homeowners can ensure that their solar panel installation meets all HOA regulations and requirements, while also contributing to a cleaner, more sustainable future.

How to get solar approval from an HOA

Going solar is an exciting step towards a more sustainable future, but navigating the various regulations and requirements can be daunting. One important aspect to consider is getting approval from your Homeowners Association (HOA). This can be a complex process, as it involves understanding the requirements of the HOA and submitting all necessary plan sets and specifications in a timely manner.

To obtain approval, it’s crucial to ensure that you have all the necessary permits in place before submitting your application to the HOA. This will ensure that your solar project meets all local regulations and is approved in a timely manner. Additionally, providing detailed information about your proposed solar system can help expedite the approval process.

At Solergy, we understand the importance of HOA approval and take care of the application process on behalf of our customers. This includes submitting all necessary documentation and addressing any concerns or questions the HOA may have. Our goal is to make the process as seamless as possible so that you can focus on enjoying the benefits of solar energy.

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Texas Law does allow HOAs to restrict solar panels if one of the following conditions exist:

  • Solar energy devices are illegal or violate public health
  • Solar panels are installed on common property of subdivision
  • Solar panels extend higher than the roofline, and do not conform to the slope of the roof, or are not parallel to the roofline.
  • Solar panels are ground mounted and extend above the homeowners fence
  • Solar panels are installed incorrectly that it voids warranties
  • Solar panels are Installed without the approval of HOA

solar HOA FAQs

Most solar systems come with a warranty that covers the panels, inverter, and other components for a specified period of time. The length of the warranty will vary depending on the manufacturer, but typical warranties range from 10-25 years. 

The length of a solar installation varies depending on the size of the system being installed, but it usually takes several days to a week for a residential installation. The permit and interconnection process can be time-consuming as it requires a comprehensive review of the applications and plans submitted by the installer. Once the applications and plans have been approved, the installer can proceed with the installation of the solar system. 

If you’re part of an HOA, you may need to get approval from the HOA before installing solar panels. You may also need to follow specific design guidelines set by the HOA.

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