Protect solar rights in Tampa

Florida law protects our right to go solar, but local Historical and Homeowner Associations are preventing homeowners from installing systems.

Florida has a strong solar access law to protect our right to put solar on the roofs of our homes and businesses. Unfortunately, some Historical and Homeowner Associations in Tampa will not allow homeowners install solar if the array faces the street. Street facing arrays are sometimes the only suitable surface available for effective solar production.

Denying these installations limits the number of Tampa residents that can go solar.

According to the law1, permitting rules must ensure solar installation is within the area required for its effective operation, that is, due south, or 45 degrees east or west of due south.

The unreasonable restrictions some Historical and Homeowner Associations are placing on solar substantially drive up its cost. This needlessly extends the payback time, diminishing solar’s power to be a financially-viable investment.

Please send a message to city leaders urging them to support our solar rights and allow street-facing solar installations. Feel free to personalize the message to tell them why their current policy undermines solar adoption and energy rights in Tampa Bay communities. Tampa should make it as easy and cost effective as possible for all of its residents to go solar.

1. Florida Statute 163.04 “Such entity may determine the specific location where solar collectors may be installed on the roof within an orientation to the south or within 45° east or west of due south if such determination does not impair the effective operation of the solar collectors.

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