The Florida Solar Rights Act

Florida law forbids any entity—including homeowner associations—from prohibiting the installation of solar or other renewable energy devices on Florida buildings. An association may require approval of a system installation, and may establish restrictions for installations. However, any such restrictions must be reasonable, not arbitrary, and applied in a uniform manner for all association members. Also, any restrictions must not have the effect of impairing the performance, or increasing the cost, of a solar system.

In particular, a homeowner association may not prevent the installation of solar collectors on the roof of a home. The association may determine where on the roof the collectors may be installed, so long as the collectors face within 45 degrees of due south.

Finally, any requirement(s) that a system be screened from view by trees, fences, ground mounting racks, or a remote roof location that is hidden from the street, will generally violate the statute. Read More

 

Other Solar Laws in Florida

SOLAR ENERGY USE IN SCHOOLS

SOLAR ENERGY USE IN SCHOOLS (Section 1013.44, Florida Statute) 1013.44 Low-energy use design; solar energy

SOLAR ENERGY STANDARDS ACT

SOLAR ENERGY STANDARDS ACT (Section 377.705, Florida Statute) 377.705 Solar Energy Center; development of solar

RESPONSIBILITIES OF ENTERPRISE FLORIDA

RESPONSIBILITIES OF ENTERPRISE FLORIDA WITH REGARD TO SOLAR ENERGY (Section 288.041-0415,

SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM SALES TAX EXEMPTION

SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM SALES TAX EXEMPTION (Section 212.08, Florida Statute) 212.08

FLORIDA ENERGY CONSERVATION IN BUILDINGS ACT

FLORIDA ENERGY CONSERVATION IN BUILDINGS ACT (Section 255.251-258, Florida

GUARANTEED ENERGY PERFORMANCE SAVINGS CONTRACTING

GUARANTEED ENERGY PERFORMANCE SAVINGS CONTRACTING (Section

FLORIDA ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION ACT

FLORIDA ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION ACT (FEECA, Section 366.80-85,

STATE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

STATE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN (Section 187.201, Florida Statute) 187.201 State Comprehensive Plan adopted.–The

STATE UNIFORM BUILDING CODE

STATE UNIFORM BUILDING CODE FOR PUBLIC EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES CONSTRUCTION (Section 1013.37, Florida Statute)

Florida Home Owners Solar Rights Act

CHAPTER 163.04 INTERGOVERNMENTAL PROGRAMS Florida Statutes 163.04 Energy devices based on

RENEWABLE ENERGY (Net Metering)

Renewable Energy (Section 366.91 Florida Statutes)  (1) The Legislature finds that it is in the public interest to

CUSTOMER-OWNED RENEWABLE GENERATION (Net Metering)

25-6.065 Interconnection and Net Metering of Customer-Owned Renewable Generation. (1)

AUTHORITY FOR SOLAR EASEMENTS

AUTHORITY FOR SOLAR EASEMENTS (Section 704.07, Florida Statute) 704.07 Solar easements; creation;

Governors Club

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