If you live in the sunshine state of Florida, there’s a good chance that you had to join a homeowner’s association (HOA) when buying your property. These entities hold the right to regulate everything from paint colors to landscape. When considering solar, you may be curious how regulations established by the HOA will affect your project. Good news is, Florida has put in place laws protecting the right to install energy efficient devices, including solar panels.
Detailed in Florida Statute 163.04, The Florida Home Owners Solar Rights Act forbids any binding agreement to prohibit a property owner from installing energy devices based on renewable resources. Click the link below to review the official statute.
Florida Statute 163.04(2) .. 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.
So, can a HOA prevent the installation of solar panels on your home? The answer is no. Although, the HOA may suggest the specific location of the solar arrays if it does not impair the effectiveness of the system.
At Capital Construction & Development, we handle all approval processes from financing, HOA, building permits, and utility net metering.