As North Carolina’s residential solar market grows, more homeowners’ associations are facing uncertainties about how to deal with solar installations in their communities. As part of an effort between the State Energy Program, NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources and members of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership (The Solar Foundation and the NC Clean Energy Technology Center), two new resources have been developed to help North Carolina homeowners’ associations (HOAs) and their architectural review committees work through these issues:
1) A short brochure detailing the benefits of solar energy, with particular emphasis on benefits to HOAs and homeowners, as well as the role that HOAs can play in facilities solar installations in their communities.
2.) Model HOA solar design guidelines – developed specifically for North Carolina communities – that allow for solar installations to occur in a way that balances homeowners’ ability to install solar energy systems and legitimate community concerns about these systems.