Early last year the committee researched solar energy and the process for homeowners to initiate an installation of solar panels on their roof. After some research by a small team lead by Scott Huff, the Board put on hold any further actions regarding Riverhouse HOA policy development and guidelines until Oregon’s Department of Energy had clarified its position on HOA homeowner’s rights in this matter. The law has been clarified, and now, by Oregon law, HOAs cannot prohibit installation of solar PV systems as long as the system meets all health, safety and performance standards required by state and local permitting authorities.
“A guide published by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) confirms that solar homes have higher appreciation rates.”
However, HOA’s may establish “reasonable” rules related to aesthetic and placement of solar equipment. (RWC 64.38.055)
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