Can Homeowners' Associations Deny Permission To Install Solar?

No! Florida Statutes prohibit homeowner's associations from preventing homeowners from installing solar energy products on their homes. This includes solar electric, solar thermal, and passive solar devices used to save energy. Fafco Solar can help you with educating your association if they deny you the right to install solar energy products.

More information is available from the Florida Solar Energy Center here.

Here is the text of the 2009 Florida Statute 163.04:

163.04 Energy devices based on renewable resources.--

(1)  Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter or other provision of general or special law, the adoption of an ordinance by a governing body, as those terms are defined in this chapter, which prohibits or has the effect of prohibiting the installation of solar collectors, clotheslines, or other energy devices based on renewable resources is expressly prohibited.

(2)  A deed restriction, covenant, declaration, or similar binding agreement may not prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting solar collectors, clotheslines, or other energy devices based on renewable resources from being installed on buildings erected on the lots or parcels covered by the deed restriction, covenant, declaration, or binding agreement. A property owner may not be denied permission to install solar collectors or other energy devices by any entity granted the power or right in any deed restriction, covenant, declaration, or similar binding agreement to approve, forbid, control, or direct alteration of property with respect to residential dwellings and within the boundaries of a condominium unit. Such entity may determine the specific location where solar collectors may be installed on the roof within an orientation to the south or within 45° east or west of due south if such determination does not impair the effective operation of the solar collectors.

(3)  In any litigation arising under the provisions of this section, the prevailing party shall be entitled to costs and reasonable attorney's fees.

(4)  The legislative intent in enacting these provisions is to protect the public health, safety, and welfare by encouraging the development and use of renewable resources in order to conserve and protect the value of land, buildings, and resources by preventing the adoption of measures which will have the ultimate effect, however unintended, of driving the costs of owning and operating commercial or residential property beyond the capacity of private owners to maintain. This section shall not apply to patio railings in condominiums, cooperatives, or apartments.

Having trouble with your Homeowner Association and approval for solar energy? Contact Us!

 

What Is The Best Way To Get Started With Solar Energy?

How you decide to get started with solar energy depends largely upon:

  • Your individual goals
  • Your home
  • How you use energy
  • Budget

If you have a pool, you may wish to start with solar pool heating for comfort and cost savings. If you use a lot of hot water, a solar domestic water heating system may be a good place to start. If you want to start to produce you own electricity, solar electric systems can take advantage of the Florida sun to reduce or eliminate your dependence on utility power. Solar lights provide natural sunlight without using electricity. Solar attic fans reduce attic temperatures, and reduce your home cooling costs. 

These and other products can help you get started with solar energy. Our knowledgeable sales professionals can advise you on what is best, taking into account your goals, home, usage, and budget.

Contact us today at (239) 574-1500 to get started with solar energy.

Does Solar Energy Require Me To Reduce My Standard Of Living?

Absolutely not! Installing solar energy, when done properly, should improve your standard of living and quality of life. For example, you can heat your pool with no additional operating costs! You can enjoy lower utility bills without reducing your total energy use with a photovoltaic system.

There are many ways to greatly reduce your dependence on traditional power sources by replacing utility electricity with solar energy products. That doesn't mean you should sacrifice your standard of living. Fafco Solar strives to provide you with practical and cost effective solutions that improve your quality of life!

Contact us today at (239) 574-1500 to improve your standard of living with solar energy!

Why Is Now The Best Time To Buy Solar Energy Products?

Solar energy prices are at an all-time low, and demand is expected to increase prices in the future. Now is the time to invest in your solar energy future.

More importantly, the cost of electricity is on the rise. The historical trend for utility electric cost is steadily increasing, and is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. Buying a solar energy system now is a great hedge against the prospect of increasing energy prices. As energy prices rise, so will the demand for solar energy products, making now the time to act!

Utility Stats
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration Electric Power Annual 2014, Released: February 16, 2016

How Many Solar Panels Can I Fit On My Home’s Roof?

“I have a 2,500 square foot house. How much solar can you put on it?”

It’s a question every solar professional has heard, and a question that is almost always answered starting with, “It depends on…”

I wish the answer was easy. Unfortunately, it does depend on… a lot! What shape is your home? What is the roof pitch? How is the home oriented, and what side faces south? What obstructions are present? Is it a hip or gable roof, a combination, or a hybrid roof design? Are there any obstructions that could cause shade like trees, chimneys, power lines, neighboring buildings, etc?

In order to determine the answer, we have fantastic tools available to help us figure out how many solar panels will fit on your home. We can look at aerial images, property appraiser data, take physical measurements, or even make a 3D computer model of your home! If you want to know how many solar panels will fit on your roof, don’t expect a quick answer in casual conversation. Give us a little time, tell us where you live, and let us come see your home so we can advise you properly on how many solar panels will fit on your roof!

Is Fafco Solar Licensed And Insured?

Fafco Solar is a licensed and insured Florida State Certified Solar Contractor, License CVC56701. Click on our license and insurance documents below to view.

NEVER hire an unlicensed contractor, and always check the Department of Business and Professional Regulation for contractor license complaints:

Verify our license here.

View license complaints (none) here.