Congratulations Bruce.... It's wonderful to see someone being pro-active about Greening their property!
Do you own the property? If so you need to check with your Home Owners Association to see if they will allow you to add the solar system. If you're living in an area that does have HOA's than go for it. Maybe you should check with the city or county too, there are a lot of restrictions out there. Check with different ult. companies to see if you can receive a rebate or incentive package before purchasing your system. Kudos for the idea of going green/solar. Excellent idea.
It is the law, you can put solar panels on your home, and even though HOA's can be like that annoying pimple that won't go away... HOA's ARE NOT ALLOWED TO ENFORCE PROHIBITING YOU FROM USING SOLAR ENERGY. If your HOA tried to stop you from installing solar panels on your home... they are breaking the law! Here is the Nevada Revised Statute, NRS 111.239 and a link to the NRS code verbatim straight of the Nevada Real Estate Division website.
Prohibition or restriction on use of system for obtaining solar energy on property.
1. Any covenant, restriction or condition contained in a deed, contract or other legal instrument which affects the transfer, sale or any other interest in real property that prohibits or unreasonably restricts the owner of the property from using a system for obtaining solar energy on his property is void and unenforceable.
2. For the purposes of this section, â€œunreasonably restricts the use of a system for obtaining solar energyâ€ means placing a restriction or requirement on the use of such a system which significantly decreases the efficiency or performance of the system and does not allow for the use of an alternative system at a comparable cost and with comparable efficiency and performance.
You need the HOA approval prior to installation, but did you know that you cannot be declined? That's right, solar installation is smiled upon in the Las Vegas Valley.