Ohio Senate passes bill to limit HOA solar installation restrictions

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On January 26, the Ohio Senate passed Senate Bill 61 (SB 61), which would allow homeowners who live in homeowners associations and condo associations to more easily install solar power on their roofs. Now the bill is returning to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

“If you own your roof, you should have the right to put solar power on it,” said Tristan Rader, Ohio Solar United Neighbors program director. “We believe that people should have this fundamental freedom to decide on their energy source. As thousands of homeowners across the state have discovered, solar power is a safe, affordable, and reliable way to power homes. We want to make sure everyone has the same access.

Currently, Ohio law allows homeowners associations (HOAs) to restrict homeowners’ ability to switch to solar power. This can make switching to solar power more expensive and prevent homeowners from switching to solar power. SB 61 aims to solve this problem, by removing unreasonable restrictions on solar energy within homeowners associations.

“To date, we have over 200 documented cases of solar projects being denied by HOA for homeowners who want access to their own solar,” said Antonio Ranieri, owner and president of Solar is Freedom, a solar installer based in Cincinnati. “These projects would represent over $5 million in revenue and warrant a minimum of 10 additional W2 Ohio employees in our company alone. If Ohio wants to be a leader in renewable energy and green jobs, we need to start by simply allowing all homeowners to have access to solar.

Solar advocates aren’t the only ones backing this bill. The Community Associations Institute (CAI), a national organization that works to improve community associations, supports SB 61. The Ohio Environmental Council Fund, the Conservative Energy Forum, and other solar installers, trade groups, and nonprofit homeowners support also the bill.

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