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 systems; swimming pool heaters.– (1)(a) Passive design elements and low-energy usage features shall be included in the design and construction of new educational facilities. Operable glazing consisting of at least 5 percent of the

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION WITH REGARD TO ENERGY, INCLUDING SOLAR ENERGY (Section 377.703-704, Florida Statute) 377.703 Additional functions of the Department of Environmental Protection; energy emergency contingency plan; federal and state conservation programs.– (1) LEGISLATIVE

SOLAR ENERGY STANDARDS ACT

SOLAR ENERGY STANDARDS ACT (Section 377.705, Florida Statute) 377.705 Solar Energy Center; development of solar energy standards.– (1) SHORT TITLE.–This act shall be known and may be cited as the Solar Energy Standards Act of 1976. (2) LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND INTENT.– (a) The Legislature recognizes that if present trends

RESPONSIBILITIES OF ENTERPRISE FLORIDA

RESPONSIBILITIES OF ENTERPRISE FLORIDA WITH REGARD TO SOLAR ENERGY (Section 288.041-0415, Florida Statute) 288.041 Solar energy industry; legislative findings and policy; promotional activities.– (1) It is hereby found and declared that: (a) The solar energy industry in this state has been a leader in the nation in the manufacture,

AUTHORITY FOR SOLAR EASEMENTS

AUTHORITY FOR SOLAR EASEMENTS (Section 704.07, Florida Statute) 704.07 Solar easements; creation; remedies.– (1) Easements obtained for the purpose of maintaining exposure of a solar energy device shall be created in writing and shall be subject to being recorded and indexed in the same manner as any other instrument affecting the title

SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM SALES TAX EXEMPTION

SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM SALES TAX EXEMPTION (Section 212.08, Florida Statute) 212.08 Sales, rental, use, consumption, distribution, and storage tax; specified exemptions.–The sale at retail, the rental, the use, the consumption, the distribution, and the storage to be used or consumed in this state of the following are hereby specifically

FLORIDA ENERGY CONSERVATION IN BUILDINGS ACT

FLORIDA ENERGY CONSERVATION IN BUILDINGS ACT (Section 255.251-258, Florida Statute) 255.251 Energy Conservation in Buildings Act; short title.–This act shall be cited as the “Florida Energy Conservation in Buildings Act of 1974.” 255.252 Findings and intent.– (1) Operating and maintenance expenditures associated with

GUARANTEED ENERGY PERFORMANCE SAVINGS CONTRACTING

GUARANTEED ENERGY PERFORMANCE SAVINGS CONTRACTING (Section 489.145, Florida Statute) 489.145 Guaranteed energy performance savings contracting.– (1) SHORT TITLE.–This section may be cited as the “Guaranteed Energy Performance Savings Contracting Act.” (2) LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS.–The Legislature finds that investment

FLORIDA ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION ACT

FLORIDA ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION ACT (FEECA, Section 366.80-85, Florida Statute) 366.80 Short title.–Sections 366.80-366.85 and 403.519 shall be known and may be cited as the “Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act.” 366.81 Legislative findings and intent.–The Legislature finds and declares that it is

STATE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

STATE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN (Section 187.201, Florida Statute) 187.201 State Comprehensive Plan adopted.–The Legislature hereby adopts as the State Comprehensive Plan the following specific goals and policies: …….. (10) AIR QUALITY.– (a) Goal.–Florida shall comply with all national air quality standards by 1987, and

STATE UNIFORM BUILDING CODE

STATE UNIFORM BUILDING CODE FOR PUBLIC EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES CONSTRUCTION (Section 1013.37, Florida Statute) 1013.37 State uniform building code for public educational facilities construction.– (1) UNIFORM BUILDING CODE.–A uniform statewide building code for the planning and construction of public educational and ancillary plants

Florida Home Owners Solar Rights Act

CHAPTER 163 INTERGOVERNMENTAL PROGRAMS Florida Statutes 63.04 Energy devices based on renewable resources.– 1) Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter or other provision of general or special law, the adoption of an ordinance by a governing body, as those terms are defined in this chapter, which prohibits or has the effect of prohibiting

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