Solar Choice for Homeowners

Environmental Advocates Support this Bill

Explanation: 

This legislation prohibits homeowners’ associations from interfering with a homeowner’s choice to use solar energy to power their home.

New York State is committed to reducing climate pollution and generating more electricity from renewable energy sources, and solar can help us achieve those goals. The Cuomo Administration is pushing a number of programs under “Reforming the Energy Vision” to help us meet State Energy Plan goals. Solar plays an important role because it is a viable energy resource for both large scale developers and residential customers. For example, the Clean Energy Standard will require utilities to get half of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030. NY-Sun aims to add enough new solar capacity to power 400,000 homes. And the Solarize campaigns underway in communities throughout New York help homeowners work together to get better pricing and share resources.

More energy derived from solar and other clean, renewable technologies means less derived from dirty and dangerous sources – improving the health of all New Yorkers and helping to protect our fragile environment.

Homeowners shouldn’t have to worry that their homeowners’ association will get in the way of reducing their carbon footprint and lowering smog and soot in the air by powering their home with solar energy. This bill gives homeowners the right to choose solar.

Summary: 

This bill adds a new article 9-C to the real property law called the “Solar Rights Act.” It prohibits homeowners’ associations from adopting or enforcing any rules or regulations that would effectively prohibit or impose unreasonable limitations on the installation or use of a solar power system.

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