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Bruce, Both Buyer and Seller in 33905

What are the restrictions for adding a ele. solar system to homes in the 89117 area?

Asked by Bruce, 33905 Sun Apr 5, 2009

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Valerie Fuller’s answer
This is a great question! And the answer will vary depending on the community in which you live. 89117 is a large area that includes parts of communities like summerlin, the lakes and more. Some areas have HOA restrictions however, federal law prohibits them from denying your claim to SOLAR energy. (Wind is a different matter) The HOA's can restrict the look and occassionally placement but any steps you take toward greening your property are FANTASTIC. I would recommend attending your next HOA meeting or simply calling your local HOA. There contact information is generally available online or in your HOA payment coupon book/statement. Short of that, if you have no HOA you are only restricted by permit requirements dependent upon the type of solar system you wish to install, however, the contractor doing the work for you will know which permits to purchase. If you are doing a DIY job on a large scale I would recommend contacting the local planning department and they will tell you what is needed for building on or around your property.

Congratulations Bruce.... It's wonderful to see someone being pro-active about Greening their property!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 5, 2013
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.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 5, 2009
*****VERY IMPORTANT!!!******

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.

NRS 111.239

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, “unreasonably restricts the use of a system for obtaining solar energy” 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.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 30, 2013
Years have gone by since this question was posted...........and the rules have changed. The Homeowner's Association has the right to review your detailed plans and ask for additional information.

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.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 13, 2013
This should not be a issue with the current green movement. However if the home is in a community with a HOA you will need the approval of the HOA. Please let me know if you have a specific community in mind.

Thank you,
Dave Grant
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 5, 2009
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