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blue solar panels rejected by HOA

Palos Verdes is an affluent residential community in Southern California, recently three homeowners in the community decided to install solar panels on their home but instead of being recognized for being green energy leaders the homeowners were confronted by the Home Owners Association (HOA) because the color of the solar panels were blue!

Can you believe that?! The HOA argued to the homeowners that the solar panels should be a more “appealing color” than blue and would not approve the permit. What do you think, is the HOA being too picky? The HOA preferred black solar panels only since they are concerned with the looks of the blue solar panels would diminish property values in Palos Verdes Estates.

In the end I don’t think the HOA will be able to stand their fight in court because of a law drafted in 1978 called the solar rights act (California civil code 714) which promotes solar energy by prohibiting cities and HOA from restricting solar panel installations unless they pose a risk to the safety of residents. I say to the Palos Verdes Estates HOA, get over it already, don’t get in the way of the green energy revolution. If a homeowner wants to use blue solar panels, its none of the HOA business unless it poses a risk to safety.

I hope this case does not have to go all the way to court for the homeowners to be able to use the solar panels they want, because in the end civil code 714 will be interpreted We’re in an energy crisis here, we don’t have time to bicker about the color of a solar panel, if its a safe installation and produces clean power why worry about how they look, everyone has a different view of what looks “good”, do you agree?

Author: Deep Patel

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