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  1. Although I have plenty of room on my 3/4 property, my HOA may not allow me to install ground-mounted solar panels. Is there any law or court ruling that can be sited to demonstrate that an HOA must not interfere with my solar panel installation?

    FS 163.04 prevents an HOA from prohibiting solar panels on roofs but does not directly address ground-mounted solar panels.

    I am concerned that roof-mounted solar panels will invalidate the roof warranty. Para 4 of FS 163.04 shows the legislative intent. Can this be used to bolster my claim or will it require adjudication?

    Thanks for your help.

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      From what I understand, the statute does not cover ground mounted solar arrays, and does not meet the legislative intent.

      Regarding the warranty, solar contractors can work with your roofing company to make sure the warranty is intact. It’s no different, in fact less worrisome, than a plumbing roof vent or similar protrusion. We’ve been doing this for 40 years, and I can tell you that if good solar contractors broke roofs, they would not be around long. I understand your concern, but it’s really a non-issue if you choose your contractor wisely.

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