Solar Power Problems: Few Ways To Fight Back
FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) —
With the cost of electricity steadily climbing, some California residents are turning to solar-powered options for some financial relief.
However, there are some laws that homeowners need to be aware of before investing in rooftop solar panels.
Under state law, trees that grow large enough to block solar panels' access to the sun can cost their owners up to $1,000 a day in fines.
Harry Pascuzzi, an attorney who specializes in real estate, said laws that have come into play within the last decade have helped protect homeowners who use solar panels.
The law, Pascuzzi says, requires homeowners to keep their trees or shrubs from shading more than 10 percent of a neighbor's solar panels between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun is at its strongest.
Glenn Siemens, CEO of Arise Solar, said homeowners associations cannot limit homeowners from putting solar on their house.
"If their request changes the cost by 20 percent then they can't make you do it or if it reduces the production by 20 percent they can't do it," Siemens said. "So, there is very minimal things a home owners association can stop you from putting solar on your roof."
As for glare coming from neighbors solar panels? Pascuzzi says a case has yet to be tested in California.
"My guess is they would probably allow a nuisance claim to prohibit neighborhoods from impacting your property with glare," Pascuzzsi said.
Siemens added, "You get what you pay for. They are not going to have the higher quality glass and it will reflect more and have more angry clients.
"So, think ahead. You are making an investment for the next 30 years. It would be nice to have your neighbors be friends with you for the next 30 years."