Last Updated: April 22nd, 2019 at 9:21 pm
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Homeowners associations sometimes throw up stop signs when customers try to get solar panels at their home, or restrict where they can be placed. For one homeowner in Indiana, he’s looking for a way to get a greener light by getting state law changed in his favor.
An Indianapolis man has been prevented by his HOA from having his solar panels face to the south (toward the street in his case) because of aesthetics concerns, per a report from Indianapolis TV station WISH. That man, accountant Joey Myles, says having the panels placed on his home where they can’t be seen from the front of his home means his solar panels are producing about half as much energy as they otherwise would. Solar panels are always best placed facing south, because that’s where the most sunlight exposure can be had.
“They are concerned that aesthetics and consistency with other homes, they don’t want them to be seen, so since my home faces the street, the south faces the street, they said, ‘Well, we can’t let you put them there. That is going to be street view, and people are going to see them, and they are going to think they are ugly,'” Myles told WISH-TV.
Against that grain, Myles is pushing to get state legislation changed that will allow him to put panels on the front of his home. According to WISH, this is the third year Myles has tried to get the law changed.
“People have told me, ‘You know if I saw somebody with solar panels in a neighborhood, it would actually make me want to live there,'” Myles told the TV station.
How POWERHOME works with its customers, HOAs
POWERHOME Solar is well-versed in working with homeowners associations to determine eligibility to place panels at your home. That’s part of a process where we do all the behind-the-scenes work in preparation for your solar panel installation. And when that day comes, our employees do that work too, providing you with a singular point of contact through installation, streamlining the process and making it as easy for you as possible. While we can’t overcome restrictive covenants, we will make sure that any project we do has the blessing of your HOA.
What we also believe is that restrictive HOA covenants may be eroding as the popularity and acceptance of solar panels continues to grow. As the public continues to understand and appreciate the value that solar brings homeowners, minds will change. We hope that it’s sooner rather than later for all those who want to have solar installed at your home, because we’d love to work with as many people as possible to install clean, green energy.
POWERHOME Solar is the No. 1 residential rooftop solar provider in seven states, including Indiana. Our people and our process set us apart from other companies, and customers appreciate all the work we do. For more information about how your home can benefit from solar, visit the newly-redesigned www.powerhome.com, or call us at 800-765-2715 to see if your home qualifies.