Navigating HOA Restrictions: Your Guide to Securing Solar Panel Approval


It’s happened before: while researching the benefits of solar, such as long-term savings and positive environmental impact, you learn about someone’s bad experience with their homeowners association (HOA). You’re excited about going solar, but your excitement fades when you find out there are HOA restrictions and requirements related to rooftop solar panels.

Solar Easements

A solar agreement is an agreement between property owners that allows one owner to benefit from sunlight falling on another’s property. The agreement must be signed and filed in writing with local authorities, such as the town or county clerk. Solar easements protect the homeowner’s right to access sunlight to power a solar energy system. The easement will limit a neighbor’s ability to shade the solar panels by restricting their height.

HOA Approval Process for Solar Panel Installation

To get permission from your HOA for solar panels, you need to follow a set procedure. The process can be different for each community. Homeowners usually have to submit an application for approval to the HOA board or a designated committee. The application generally includes plans and details about the proposed changes. The board or committee reviews the application to see if the changes follow the community’s rules and regulations. If the board approves it, the homeowner can go ahead with the change. If the board rejects the application, the homeowner can appeal the decision (in most cases) or modify the plans to meet community standards.

Solar Experts Can Help You Navigate Your HOA

ESD Solar has a dedicated division backed by experienced staff to help you navigate HOA regulations and rules. They can answer all your questions, help you understand the restrictions and requirements, and make sure your rooftop installation meets community standards.

This post was written by Daniel Massaad, owner and expert solar technician at Energy Solutions Direct! ESD is the top choice for Tampa Bay Solar! Our licensed and certified contractors are masters of their craft; with years of experience servicing the great Tampa Bay area and beyond, the choice is simple. ESD excels at offering you the best in solar value!


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