Are you a North Carolina resident trying to install solar on your home or property, but having difficulty with your Home-Owners Association (HOA)? NCSEA wants to hear from you.
We have received several complaints from individuals across the state who are being prohibited from installing a solar system by their HOA. As NCSEA gathers more information on this topic, we need to hear from those currently struggling with this issue.
Urge Legislators to Remove HOA Solar Restrictions
Under current North Carolina law, deed restrictions, such as those governing a homeowner's association (HOA), can prohibit NC residents from installing solar panels that are visible from public places. HOAs and HOA management companies can use these restrictions to stop a rooftop solar installation, or force a homeowner to reposition a solar installation, often resulting in reduced sunlight exposure and diminished performance of the installation.
Earlier this session, Rep. Harry Warren (R-Rowan) introduced House Bill 842 Clarify Deed Restrictions/Solar Collectors (HB 842). Much like HB 750 (2019-20), this bill seeks to prohibit restrictive HOAs from denying rooftop solar installation. It also stipulates that rooftop solar panel position may be regulated by the HOA as long as such regulation does not reduce operating efficiency by more than 10 percent.
HB 842 has the potential to solve a problem that infringes on private property rights and hinders business development in our state. By sharing your personal experience of an HOA or covenant agreement inhibiting your ability to install solar on your home, you can elevate this issue before legislators and help get us closer to a solution by passing this bill.