Sueing Your HOA So You Can Install Solar Panels

May 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Wind and Solar John Forbes: The year before last (2007) Xcel (Energy) had been sending out these mailers with your bill and they were talking about their solar credit program, and I have been really interested in all things solar. I tell people that I had in the 8th grade in 1958 I was standing up in front of the class giving them my science presentation and telling them I wanted to be a solarologist. My science fair project I had a big solar cooker made out of card board and tin foil. The next year I did one with corala algae and composting that in to methane and generating electricity from that, so I was really interested into it a long long time ago. The prices were prohibitive and the products really were not available anyway. So I say this an I was really intrigued and the Cary Hayes and REC Solar showed up at Costco. My wife had seen him and and she said he still might be there and I got home from work and Costco was open a little later. And she took me down there and she met him. OK, I gotta do it. And from then it was September of 2007 and I thought I would just put in my application to the Architectural Committee (Rock Creek HOA) because I had to do that for the yard and the deck and you are supposed get a 45 day turn around. Well when I didn’t get it by October – I went to inquire, I was told you can show up at the next meeting by that time – I check and gave them a little more time back in December or November I think they were skipping December and going in

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14 Responses to “Sueing Your HOA So You Can Install Solar Panels”
  1. KARStarla says:

    Good for you!

  2. samwarren0602 says:

    Way to go!!!

  3. gusty60 says:

    High five, John!

  4. baystategal says:

    It is unbelievable that this took over a year. Good to see you find the humor in it. Hopefully you set a precedent – – so the committee has some guidance!

  5. r4nd0mn4me says:

    Way to go, it’s nice to see some people that are not put off by ignorance; and persevere when given the runaround. I hope your fight will help out other people in the same boat.

  6. ejb812 says:

    Way to GO!!!

  7. JMEMantzel says:

    Wow, ya. Thats why I live on a mountain a mile from my neighbors.
    Way to go, though. Don’t let those pricks get away with that crap.

  8. CrystalCaretaker says:

    Reason why we would never buy into a neighborhood with the clipboard Nazi HOA and we live miles from out neighbors.
    Glad to hear you got your solar panels and hopefully others when they find themselves in a similar predicament not give up.

  9. reddd246 says:

    Interesting that you mentioned REC Solar. I just had them install a system in my home (Escondido, Ca). Right now I am awaiting final approval from SDG&E utility to bring it online. That should happen within a couple of days. I can’t wait!

    By the way, I also own property in an HOA as well as property in Colorado (which is in a HOA). A lot in common.

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  13. vikingscool says:

    xcel are crooks! Xcel want you pay if you after April 2010 as new customer to Xcel energy for solar energy! Boycott Xcel Energy!

  14. MrWombatPPC says:

    This sort of Burocratic Nonsence needs to be removed Now, before it gets any worse. It all about Money, and Taxing the people who are actualy making a change for the better. Which is totaly stupid. If anything they should be making it easyer, cheeper, and encouraging folks to try alternative energy. But alas. They wont. They just see easy money to be made from doing bugger all. Some guy sits in an office and gets paid to think up ways to take money of everyday folks. And they call it legal. !!

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